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Thursday, 19 June 2014 09:58

Alcohol Compliance Checks Explained

By: Aaron Graffman
OSU Prevention Programs

Alcohol Compliance Checks are a cost-effective way to control youth access to alcohol from retail outlets. They are performed by trained law enforcement officers and youth that are between the ages of sixteen and twenty. Both law enforcement officers and youth are trained by the Oklahoma ABLE Commission (Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement) on the proper way to conduct alcohol compliance checks. Oklahoma Statute allows the use of an underage youth to attempt to purchase alcohol or 3.2 beer under the supervision of law enforcement. Before youth start the checks, they are taken to a public place, usually a local store, for an age perception test where ten random people are asked their opinion on how old the youth looks. Youth should look under the age of nineteen. They are also photographed as to their appearance that day, along with a copy of their identification.

The youth that are used are instructed not to dress in ways to make them look older or for girls to not wear excess makeup to try and appear older than they are. They are instructed on how to act and interact with the clerk or bartender, and what specifically to purchase. They are given "buy money" that the serial numbers have been recorded prior to the checks by law enforcement. They are to answer all questions truthfully and have nothing else in their pockets or on their person but their identification and the money that was given to them. If for any reason they feel uncomfortable, they are instructed to leave the building. A law enforcement officer is in the store with the youth, first and foremost for the safety of the youth, but also to witness the transaction. "Compliance checks are designed to be easy to pass," said RPC Director Margaret Black, "There's no trickery, we're not trying to trick people into selling, we are simply trying to stop the retail access of alcohol to youth by clerks and bartenders by checking identification and not selling to minors."

If a sale was made to the youth, they are instructed to leave the store with the product and give to law enforcement. The law enforcement officer will then go back into the store with the product and a copy of the serial numbers on the money and retrieve the "buy money" and confirm the numbers. It is a misdemeanor to sell, furnish or give low point beer to a person under 21, and a felony to sell, furnish or give alcohol to a person under 21. Law enforcement will make the determination on what charges are filed. The youth, along with the law enforcement officer that witnessed the transaction will write a statement right then as to keep their memory fresh as to what happened.

The Okmulgee County Drug Free Communities Program (DFC), along with Region 9 Regional Prevention Coordinator (RPC), and law enforcement will be conducting alcohol compliance checks in Okmulgee County in the near future to help reduce the retail availability of alcohol to youth. The DFC Program and the RPC, also offer Responsible Beverage Service and Sales Training to all retailers in Okmulgee County throughout the year. The training is an opportunity for all alcohol and 3.2 beer sellers and servers to learn Oklahoma Laws and civil liability. Sellers and servers include store clerks, restaurant wait staff, bartenders, managers, employers and owners of any alcohol and/or 3.2 beer establishments in Okmulgee County. The training provides important tips on how and why it is important to implement safe practices when selling alcohol/3.2 beer products. For more information you can call DFC Coordinator Aaron Graffman or RPC Director Margaret Black at (918) 756-1248, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

OKMULGEE, OKLA -- The WX5OKM OKMULGEE SKYWARN, a Okmulgee County area amateur radio association dedicated to public service, was recognized this week for their service to their communities.

A proclamation from Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin proclaimed June 22 -28, 2014, as Amateur Radio Week.

Governor Fallin recognized amateur radio operators’ “for providing emergency communications for public service organizations and our citizens during crisis situations and disasters in Oklahoma and around the world.”

The highlight of amateur radio week will be the Amateur Radio “Field Day” (an emergency communications preparedness exercise), which takes place June 28-29 in Okmulgee, at Dripping Springs State Park located just to the south of Okmulgee State Park. 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).

“Field Day” is an annual nationwide event, which was designed to test operators' abilities to set up and operate portable stations under emergency conditions, such as the loss of electricity, during severe weather conditions, or other disasters. The event is a serious test of skill, and a contest for fun, too. During the weekend, the radio operators try to contact as many other Field Day stations as possible. More than 36,000 Amateur Radio operators across the country participated in last year's event.

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!

Volunteer amateur radio operators serve their communities.

Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year

whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the Okmulgee County Emergency Management, American Red Cross, to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. Okmulgee County’s “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities this weekend.

Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the April Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.


On them on the web at:   www.OkmSkywarn.com

Or on facebook at:   facebook.com/WX5OKM

Most of the Communities of Care Family Expo planning committee pause for a group photo at the close of the event.
Photo by Valerie Rice  ONN

Creek, Hughes, Mcintosh, Okfuskee and Okmulgee Counties hosted a family expo to promote joining together to create "Communities of Care" that support all children and families.

More than 20 local community service agencies joined together in the Communities of Care Family Expo on Friday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Beggs Event Center.

The free event was offered to the community as part of the statewide effort and was hosted by Communities of Care.

Communities of Care representative Samantha Bowman, LPC, Assistant Children's Services Director for CREOKS Behavioral Health Services explained the purpose of family expo was to raise awareness of the number of community families struggling through traumatic events. These events often weaken the family structure and end with children being taken into the foster care system. Helping these families on the front end is an investment that results in stronger communities.

"Working together, we can build stronger, healthier communities. We want our friends and neighbors to gain a better understanding of what community services are available and how even the smallest commitment of time and resources can help strengthen our community," says Williams.

Community leader, Nancy Mason, has taken an active role in the event because she believes the entire community plays a role in the overall health, safety and wellbeing of all local children and families.

Nancy says, "I am part of this effort by the Communities of Care initiative because I care about the future of our children, the future of our community. I am encouraging everyone to step up and commit to adding value to the quality of life for all of us."

Throughout the day Nancy referred to reaching out as "It take a village to raise a child, be a part of that village."

The free event included free food, local entertainment, guest speakers and drawings for great prizes.

Two lucky winners each won a $250 gift card.  (L-R) Luanna Kanada and Rena Hernandez

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Sapulpa's only live theater venue, located at 124 S. Water Street, has moved its final show of the season "Quilters" to August.  Filling in and opening Friday, June 20, is "Love Letters" by A.R. Gurney.   This production of "Love Letters" is to be performed at OCTAFest2014 in Duncan, OK by the international theatre award-winning company of the "The Gin Game ": director Martha Cherbini, and actors Tom Berenson and Karyn Lee Maio.

"Love Letters" will play June 20, 21, 22 and 27, 28, 29.  Show times are Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm and Sunday 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students and $8.00 for groups of 10 or more.

Reservations may be made by calling the theatre at 227-2169, or online at Eventbrite.com.  2014-2015 Season tickets are now on sale for just $45.00 for adults and $22.50 for students.

"Quilters", a musical, will show August 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16, 17. Reservations may be made at this time. Season tickets will be honored by either "Love Letters" or "Quilters".

"Love Letters" is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. and the Broken Arrow Community Theatre.  Sapulpa Community Theatre  is dedicated to  proudly serving the  Sapulpa area with  quality live theatre entertainment for local audiences and a creative experience for local actors, directors, and craftspeople.

SCT is a non-profit organization and operates from a budget based on grants, sponsorships, attendance and donor gifting.  Yearly memberships to the theatre are $60.00 and include the Season Ticket.  Season ticket holders and the membership participate in voting for favorite production, actors and director at season end:  this year's Awards Gala will be held at the theatre on Saturday, July 19th, from 6:30 – 9:30 and is by invitation.

Sapulpa Community Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operated by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council.  SCT is a proud member of the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association (OCTA), as well as the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT).


The Preston Volunteer Fire Department is having a raffle to raise money to upgrade thier equipment. If you would like to help in this effort, you willl have a chance to win $500!

Tickets are $5 each, or 5 tickets for $20.

The drawing will be held Friday, August 1 at 7 p.m. at the Preston Fire Station, 10069 Old Hwy 75. You don't have to be present to win, you will be contacted. If the winning ticket holder cannot be contacted within two weeks, there will be another ticket drawn. Preston firefighters and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.

To enter by mail: Send a note with your contact information and the number of tickets you would like to buy, along with a check for your chosen amount. Make checks payable to Preston Volunteer Fire Department and send to P.O. Box 193 Preston, Oklahoma 74456. Or, you can drop your entry in the mail slot by the north door of the station.

To enter online, or if you have questions, visit their Facebook page. HERE

A quake was felt among many parts of Oklahoma early this morning when two earthquakes shook the state at a magnitude of 4.3 in Choctaw.  The quakes happened around 5:55 a.m. on Monday morning.  Most in Okmulgee felt the second one.  Many people around Okmulgee began inquiring on Facebook shortly after asking had anyone felt an earthquake.  Glenda Orosco reported she was wakened from a deep sleep when the quake shook her bed. "I heard the lamp shaking on my dresser." Her husband Paul slept through the jolt until Glenda asked if he just felt that quake?

According to the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS), there were more than 2,800 earthquakes in Oklahoma in 2013. That's twice the previous high, established in 2011.  OGS also says there is an Oklahoma fault is known as the Wilzetta Fault, also the Seminole uplift.

But what is causing so many earthquakes recently?  OGS answered this question saying, "No, without further study it is not possible to determine what is causing the earthquakes.  The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Oklahoma Geological Survey are working together to conduct a limited field study to better measure any future earthquakes that could occur in eastern Oklahoma County."

Some speculate the possible relationship between recent earthquake activity and oil and gas activities. OGS made the following observations, "It has long been recognized by scientists that both fluid injection and withdrawal in the subsurface can trigger earthquakes by altering conditions on naturally occuring faults that are near failure. OGS also says there is an Oklahoma fault is known as the Wilzetta Fault, also the Seminole uplift.

Fluid injection associated with oil and gas activities has occurred for a long time in Oklahoma. These activities include enhanced oil recovery, hydraulic fracturing, and waste water disposal. Hydraulic fracturing has occurred in Oklahoma since 1948 and more than 100,000 wells have been hydraulically fractured.

There are currently approximately 4,000 active saltwater disposal wells in Oklahoma.

Most of the earthquakes are located deep er in crystaline basement and not in the shallower, sedimentary section where salt-water disposal is taking place.

This does not rule out the possibility that oil and gas activity can trigger deeper earthquakes or that small, shallower earthquakes can act as a “trigger” for larger, deeper earthquakes, but there is currently little if any
direct evidence for this in Oklahoma.


USGS is a scientific agency of the United States government. The scientists of the USGS study the landscape of the United States, its natural resources, and the natural hazards that threaten it. The organization has four major science disciplines, concerning biology, geography, geology, and hydrology. The USGS is a fact-finding research organization with no regulatory responsibility.

The Morris 4H/FFA Booster Club is having a Pie Auction Fundraiser Saturday June 14 with several political candidates coming to speak.

The clubs will be selling Hamburgers, chips and a drink for $5.00.

Each candidate gets to speak during the allotted time from noon to 2 p.m. at the Morris High School Gymnasium."

If you have not had a chance to meet your candidates, this is a great opportunity as the Primary Election is June 24.

Candidates attending:

Gary Clason, Anthony Suiter, Roger Thompson, Cathy Cummings, Andy Craig, Dr. Ivan Holmes, Jerry Shoemake, Evelyn Rogers, Pandee Ramirez, Cynthia Pickering, Dr. Herron Tonya with Gov. Fallin office, James Connors, and  Joan Farr


Blake JOhnson Honor Roll OBUHenryetta, Oklahoma, resident Blake Johnson, a sophomore pre-allied health and rehabilitation science major and a biology minor, was named to Oklahoma Baptist University's President's Honor Roll for the spring 2014 semester.

Students who achieved a semester grade point average of 3.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale are named to the President's Honor Roll. Those who achieved a grade point average between 3.4 and 3.69 are listed on the Dean's Honor Roll.

With campuses in Shawnee, Okla., and Oklahoma City, OBU offers 10 bachelor's degrees with 84 fields of study and two master's degree programs. The Christian liberal arts university has an overall enrollment of 1,979, with students from 37 states and 26 other countries. OBU has been rated as one of the top 10 comprehensive colleges in the West by U.S.News and World Report for 21 consecutive years and has been Oklahoma's highest rated comprehensive college in the U.S. News rankings for 19 consecutive years. Forbes.com consistently ranks OBU as a top university in Oklahoma.

Henryettan John Walker has decided not to retire

Walker announced his retirement as school superintendent earlier this year but now has been hired as a coach and teacher at Morris.  When school starts this fall, he well be assuming the duties of head football coach, coach for ninth grade football and girls and boys track team.

"We are glad to have John join our school system," said superintendent James Lyons. "He brings a skill set that will be a benefit to the Morris students."

Walker replaces Larry Crenshaw as high school football coach. Crenshaw is moving to Wetumka.

"I'm looking forward to getting back in a position where I can work with the kids," Walker said. "Being an administrator kept me away from that. Walker had been superintendent in Henryetta for the past four years. He
had been head football coach at Seminole.

Stewart Martin Kubota Okmulgee

Sixteen gymnast from the McIntosh Tumblers will be representing Oklahoma at the USTA National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. The team consist of athletes ages 4-14 from all over Okmulgee County. The competition will run June 17 through the 20th.

To help the athletes raise money in order to get to the competition, they will  hold an Indian taco dinner fundraiser Saturday, May 31 at Henryetta's Masonic Lodge from 11-6 p.m.

Dinner is only $5 per plate for a taco and drink! All donations are welcome and appreciated.

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