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Friday, 04 July 2014 12:30

Henryetta Block Party a huge success

Henryetta had a celebration "Block Party" on the July 3 from 5-8 p.m.. Friends and neighbors gathered downtown for food, fellowship and a grand day of shopping.

Attendees enjoyed live music while free hot dogs and prizes were given away at the Cowboy Pocket Park. The Americas guardians volunteered to serve up some fresh hot franks for people to enjoy.

Photos by Allen Gardner ONN

Anna Hamby and Braden Winters of Beggs Middle School and Chase Jones of Beggs High School Among More Than 6,500 Students, Educators at National Technology Student Association Conference in Washington, D.C. Area

A record number of Technology Student Association (TSA) members attended the 2014 National TSA Conference in the Washington, D.C. area, with more than 6,500 students and educators participating. The conference was held June 27 through July 1 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland. The conference theme is "The Spirit of Innovation."

Middle and high school student members will take part in more than 60 competitive events based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects.

High school and middle school students, guided by their chapter advisors (teachers), prepare throughout the school year to compete with their peers in STEM events such as Agriculture and Biotechnology, CAD, Construction Renovation, Video Game Design, Dragster Design, Engineering Design, Flight Endurance, Music Production, and Structural Engineering. Many attendees will also participate in leadership sessions designed to develop and enhance leadership skills through customized sessions based on The Student Leadership Challenge – The Five Practices for Exemplary Leaders. Other special interest sessions will be presented by industry representatives and educators.

TSA partners with the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) to stage Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) at the national level. This will mark the first year that students participate in the national JSS competition at the conference. More than 80 teams of 5th through 8th grade students are expected to participate. Throughout the school year, these contestants have been researching, designing, and building solar cars to bring to the conference to race against peers at the national level.

Anna Hamby and Braden Winters competed in the Junior Solar Sprint with a solar powered car they built and won first place at the state level earlier this year. Judging accounted for the speed of the car as well as the display and workbook created by the two for the contest. They proudly advanced to the finals and nationally were ranked 8th overall. Anna Hamby again took the stage for her Promotion Design Project that earned her 10th place nationally. Chase Jones, a 2014 Beggs High School Senior, also competed at the Conference with the plane he built for the Flight Endurance program. Chase has been a student in the TSA program for 5 years and has won at state twice in the Flight Endurance program.

Mrs. JoLynn Pemberton has been the instructor and sponsor of the Beggs TSA Program for seven years and has successfully led students to the state and national levels multiple times. Mrs. Pemberton spends countless hours engaging her students while providing guidance in the classroom and at many weekend competitions.

Chase Jones graduation from Beggs High School and is pursuing a degree in Helicopter Flight. Chase is the son of Donnie and Sherie Jones. Anna and Braden will be in the Ninth Grade at Beggs High School next year. Anna is the daughter of Jared and Jennifer Hamby and Braden is the son of Jason and Nicole Winters.

The students were accompanied by Mrs. Pemberton and their families to the National Conference and between meeting and competitions were able to experience many parts of the Washington D.C. area while visiting.

Thursday, 03 July 2014 16:13

Mounds Senior Citizen Menu for July

Tues, July 8 - Taco Salad, Chips, Dessert

Thur, July 10 - Cheesy Chicken 'n' Rice Casserole, Salad, Dessert

Tues, July 15 - Tator Tot Casserole, Mixed Veggies, Dessert

Thur, July 17 - Chicken Tortilla Casserole, Chips, Dessert

Tues, July 22 - Smoked Brisket or Pulled Pork Sandwich, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Dessert

Thur, July 24 - Smothered Hamburger Patties, Roasted Potatoes, Veggies, Dessert

Tues, July 29 - Chicken & Bean Burritos, Salad, Dessert

Thur, July 31 - Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Salad, Dessert

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July and Mayor Steve Baldridge states we are celebrating the "Day of Independence of our country and we are celebrating Okmulgee!"

"This is our 4th annual fireworks display and it's the City's and our sponsors (listed below) way of giving back to the citizens of Okmulgee," Baldridge said. "The show will be bigger and better as usual."

The location has changed to the Municipal Park on the east side of the YMCA that runs between 13th and 20th streets. The Mayor said, We have added more fun with lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy such as a Bouncy House/Water Slide, Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Petting Zoo and more.

The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. There will be free hotdogs at 7:30 until they are gone! Children's performer with musician will have two shows at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

The show will be broadcast on Okmulgee's station KOKL and a LIVE Streamed VIDEO by Okmulgee News Network. Look for the Okmulgee News Network booth for something cool!

 This Year the City of Okmulgee
and these Sponsors:

Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart, Earl's Back Alley Coney, First National Bank, McDonalds, Muscogee Creek Nation, First Family Federal Credit Union, East Central Electric, Western Sun Federal Credit Union, Pump & Motor Works, Okmulgee Tag Office, Quality Tires, Citizens Bank, Taylor Made Graphx, Warehouse Market, Sharpes, Kelloggs Firestone,Orsceln Farm and Home,
Sirloin Stockade, and Sonic Drive-In.

Photos by Paul Orosco ONN



Red Cross Issues Top 4th of July Safety Steps for Travel, Grilling and Fireworks

Sapulpa, July 1, 2014 — This Fourth of July weekend, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill or enjoying fireworks, and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend.

"Everyone looks forward to having fun over the Fourth of July, and the Red Cross wants to make sure people know how to stay safe while enjoying the holiday," said Stacy Smith, Service Center Director serving Creek, Okmulgee and Okfuskee Counties.

HIGHWAY SAFETY Millions of people will be on the highways over the Fourth of July weekend. The Red Cross offers these five things everyone should do to stay safe while traveling:

1. Buckle seat belts, observe speed limits.
2. Do not drink and drive.
3. Pay full attention to the road – don't use a cell phone to call or text.
4. Use caution in work zones.
5. Clean the vehicle's lights and windows to help the driver see, especially at night. Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.

FIREWORKS SAFETY The best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Here are five safety steps for people setting fireworks off at home:
1. Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
2. Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
3. Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
4. Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."
5. Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

GRILLING SAFETY Every year people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills. Here are several steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:
1. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
2. Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
3. Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
4. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
5. Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

DOWNLOAD FREE FIRST AID APP The Red Cross has a free Red Cross First Aid App to put expert advice for everyday emergencies at their fingertips. The app is available for smart phones and tablets and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play for Android app stores.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "more deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined." Therefore, tobacco companies must continually market their product and recruit young people as "replacement smokers" as R.J. Reynolds has called them. By targeting youth, tobacco companies are trying to secure their future success.

In an article by the American Heart Association, it is reported that, "Economist Kenneth Warner, Ph.D., estimates that the tobacco industry needs to recruit 5,000 new young smokers every day to maintain the total number of smokers (due to the number of people who quit or die from tobacco-related illness each year)." They are currently close to reaching their recruitment needs. The CDC reports that 3,900 teenagers under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette every day in the United States. By targeting youth, tobacco companies are trying to secure their future success.

Tobacco merchants have a legal responsibility to protect youth from the dangerous effects of tobacco products by refusing to sell it to them. The Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission (ABLE) checks tobacco vendors around the state to see if they are complying with "Prevention of Youth Access to Tobacco Act" which is an Oklahoma state law that protects youth from the harmful effects of alcohol use by making it illegal to provide or sale tobacco to anyone under the age of 18. This year in Region 9, which consists of Okmulgee and Creek Counties, 100% percent of stores checked by ABLE that were compliant with the law.

According to the Final Report of the National Commission on Drug-Free Schools, "children and adolescents consume more than one billion packs of cigarettes a year." This is a huge number of cigarettes consumed by a population that should not have access to tobacco products at all. If tobacco merchants will take on the simple responsibility of asking for an ID, and know how to read it, every time a young person attempts to purchase tobacco this number should start to go down. Great job Region 9 for protecting our youth from the harmful effects of tobacco products!

The MVSKOKE Creek Festival will get underway this evening beginning with a Stomp Dance held at the Claude Cox Omniplex. A dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the dance begins at 7 and will run late into the evening according to Will Lowe MCN Tourism & Recreation.

On Friday the Children's Funfest Carnival will open at 10 a.m. Earlier at 8 a.m. a Golf Tournament will be held at Fountainhead Glof Course Hwy 150 in Checotah and at the same time a the Jr. Olympics will be going on at Harmon Stadium.

See complete schedule (Click to Enlarge):

Creek Festival Event Calendar

(Tulsa, Okla.) St. Gregory's University will host an MBA Open House on Wednesday, July 2 at 6 p.m. for individuals who are interested in advancing their career by continuing their higher education through its College of Continuing Studies Adult Degree Program.

St. Gregory's Master's of Business Administration (MBA) program provides opportunities for students to develop the analytical and entrepreneurial skills necessary for making strategic decisions in the workplace. Classes meet only one night a week and the degree can be completed in just 18 months.

The MBA Open House will take place at the Tulsa Campus located at 5801 E 41st St. Suite 900, Tulsa, OK 74135. Refreshments will be served. New MBA applicants can start classes on July 31.

For more information, contact Elaine Maston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (405) 878-5153.

The WX5OKM OKMULGEE SKYWARN will be holding a Field Day emergency communications preparedness exercise at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday June 28 to 1:00 p.m. Sunday June 29 at Dripping Springs State Park located at 16830 Dripping Springs Rd Okmulgee, OK 74447.

The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air!

Directions: Enter at Okmulgee State park off of HWY 56 and travel south along Dripping Springs Rd to Dripping Springs Lake to the Group Camping area near Clovis Point (near the showers and shelter).

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