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Candidates for Okmulgee City Council Members and Okmulgee County School District Board Members may file Declarations of Candidacy beginning Monday, December 7, 2015 through Wednesday, December 9, 2015, in the Okmulgee County Election Board Office, between the hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm each day.

The City of Okmulgee and Board of Education positions at stake will be filled at the non-partisan Regular Municipal and Annual School Elections scheduled Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

If no candidate receives more than 50% of the total votes cast in this election, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will meet in a run-off election on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

Offices for which Declarations of Candidacy forms will be accepted are the following:


City of Okmulgee Councilmembers at Large 3 Years

Beggs Public School Board Member Seat 1 5 Years

Dewar Public School Board Members Seat 1 5 Years

Seat 4 3 Years (unexpired)

Henryetta Public School Board Member Seat 1 5 Years

Morris Public School Board Member Seat 1 5 Years

Okmulgee Public School Board Member Seat 1 5 Years

Preston Public School Board Member Seat 1 5 Years

Schulter Public School Board Member Seat 1 5 Years

Twin Hills Public School Board Member Seat 3 3 Year

Wilson Public School Board Members Seat 1 5 Years

Green Country Tech Center Seat 4 5 Years

Candidates may pick up Declaration of Candidacy forms from the Okmulgee County Election Board Office or may download them from the State Election Board’s website.

Please call the office at 918-756-2365 if you have any questions.

Friday, 13 November 2015 12:19

Citizens Urged to Prepare for Winter Weather

Okmulgee, Okla. – Citizens Urged to Prepare for Winter Weather On Thursday, November 19, citizens in Okmulgee County are urged to prepare for the upcoming winter weather season as part of "Winter Weather Preparedness Day.”

“In Oklahoma, we’ve experienced winter weather storms, including devastating ice storms and blizzards," Tim Craighton, Director of Okmulgee County Emergency Management said. "We all need to be aware of these natural threats we face in our community and take responsibility to make sure we are properly prepared when disaster strikes."

The Okmulgee County Emergency Management has joined with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the National Weather Service and other agencies to raise public awareness about what can be done to prepare for hazardous winter weather. Individuals or groups who would like to host a program to help become better prepared should call the Okmulgee County Emergency Management at 918-759-9984.

Winter Weather Awareness Tips:

Have A Plan:

• Discuss with your family what to do if a winter storm watch or warning is issued.
• Ensure your family knows meeting places and phone numbers of other family
members in case they are separated when a winter storm hits.
• Know what to do if basic services such as water, gas, electricity or telephones are cut
off for an extended period of time.
• Understand the hazards of wind chill. Cold temperatures are even more dangerous,
and potentially deadly, when combined with strong winds. The lower the temperature
and stronger the wind, the more at risk you are.
• Check on family, friends and neighbors, especially the elderly. Make sure they are
• Plan to bring pets inside during winter weather. Move livestock to sheltered areas with
non-frozen drinking water.
• Install and check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
• Let faucets drip to avoid freezing and know how to shut off water valves if necessary.
• Have an alternate heating method such as fireplace or wood or coal burning stove.
Always be cautious using a portable space heater.
• Have your car winterized before winter storm season. Keep your gas tank full for
emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
• Make sure your home is properly insulated. If necessary insulate walls and attic. Caulk
and weather-strip doors and windowsills.
• Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
• To keep pipes from freezing, wrap them in insulation or layers of old newspapers.
Cover the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture.

Make A Kit:

• Windshield scraper, de-icer, snow shovel and small broom for ice and snow removal.
• A cell phone with charger and a battery powered radio.
• Several blankets or sleeping bags.
• Mittens, they are warmer than gloves.
• Rain gear, warm coats and extra sets of dry clothing, mittens, socks and a cap.
• Non-perishable snacks like dried fruit, nuts and other high energy “munchies.”
• Bottled water. Eating snow will lower your body temperature. If necessary, melt it first.
• Sand or cat litter for generating traction under wheels and a set of tire chains or
traction mats.
• Jumper cables, flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit and brightly colored cloth to
tie to antenna if you get stranded.

Stay Informed:

• Know what National Weather Service winter storm and blizzard watches and warnings
• A winter storm watch is a message indicating a winter storm is possible in your area.
• A winter storm warning indicates a winter storm is occurring winter storm is occurring
or will soon occur in your area and could threaten life and property.
• A winter weather advisory means winter weather conditions are expected to cause
significant inconveniences and may be hazardous, especially to motorists.
• A frost/freeze warning means below freezing temperatures are expected.
• Ice storms usually bring heavy accumulations of ice that can bring down trees,
electrical wires, telephone poles and lines, and communication towers.
Communications and power can be disrupted for days while the utility company works
to repair the extensive damage.
• A blizzard warning means sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 mph or greater and
considerable falling or blowing snow is expected to prevail for a period of three hours
or longer.
• Depend on your NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio, along with local radio and
television stations, for weather reports.
Be Cautious with Alternative Heat Sources:
• Never use generators, grills, camp stoves or other gasoline or charcoal-burning
devices inside your home or garage. They produce carbon monoxide.
• Never heat a home with an oven if the electricity goes out
• Use fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly
• Do not place a space heater within 3 feet of anything that may catch on fire, such as
drapes, furniture, or bedding, and never cover your space heater.
• Use extra caution when using space heaters. Never place a space heater on top of
furniture or near water.
• Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
• Do keep a multipurpose fire extinguisher on hand in case of emergency.
• Protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning by installing a battery-operated
carbon monoxide detector and never using generators, grills, camp stoves or similar
devices indoors.

The Henryetta Christmas Retail committee will be hosting a store front Christmas decorating contest. The winning merchant will receive a 2016 Chamber membership and a plaque recognizing their accomplishment. With the new LED lighting capability and animations merchants can be very creative with their decorative ideas for this most joyous holiday.

Merchants wanting to participate in decorating contest will need to simply register with the Chamber by completing a short registration form provided by the Chamber. This can be accomplished via email or hard copy. The voting will be a “people’s choice” format and will be conducted from November 27th through December 21st. All participating merchants will be provided voting ballots and the public can drop their votes off at the Chamber’s drop box located just outside the office at 415 West Main Street.

All nominations must be received by the Chamber no later than the close of business on December 21, 2015 and the winner will be announced in the news media and the Chamber’s social media site. “GET IN THE GAME” we can make a difference.

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 01:57

MCN to open satellite office in Jenks

JENKS, Okla. — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 in celebration of the new MCN Citizenship Office at the RiverWalk Development Complex in Jenks.

“I believe this is a great example of bringing government service to the community, making services more accessible to the citizens,” MCN Principal Chief George Tiger said.

The office will serve Muscogee (Creek) citizens in and near Tulsa County. The area is home to 16,000 citizens.

“I think it’s a big step for the tribe as far as expanding outreach to the tribal services side of the government,” MCN Citizenship Office Executive Assistant Andy Proctor said.

Office tours and an open house will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Jenks satellite office will open to the public on Monday, Oct. 19, and have operating hours of Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Citizens will have the ability to enroll as Muscogee (Creek) citizens and renew their citizenship cards at the Jenks location. Citizens are encouraged to update their information with the Citizenship Office and obtain the updated citizenship card that is approved through the State of Oklahoma for identification purposes.

The MCN Citizenship Office assists Muscogee (Creek) citizens or potential citizens in the 1906 Dawes Roll descendant lineage verification process in order to obtain citizenship.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 20:28

Saint Francis expands to Glenpool on highway 75

Saint Francis has plans to build a two-story building 49,000-square foot facility in Glenpool.

The new addition will be located on the southeast corner of U.S. 75 and 151st Street.   THe plans include a 24 hour, 7 days a week level-three emergency room with three exam rooms and a trauma unit.  Plans also include outpatient imaging and a rehabilitation therapy center.

Primary care physician offices will be housed on site as well.

Construction will begin later this year, and should be completed by Spring of 2017.

The Okmulgee Rotary Club met Thursday, September 3, to listen to guest speaker Julie Roberds of Green County Technology Center. Roberds is an Okmulgee Native and a “proud Bulldog” and states that she is ready to have that sentiment return to the area and is a strong supporter of the Okmulgee Rising movement.

Part of this movement is the work being done to train our youth and adult learners in vocations that can be applied in this area, this is where Green Country comes in.

There are nine similar Technology Centers in the state of Oklahoma that provide workforce training and Green Country is proud to be the largest in the area. What originally began as a series of classes offered inside of the Okmulgee High School campus has now grown into seven buildings with eight adult and high school programs.

Green Country serves eight different schools in the county, allowing for high school juniors and seniors to attend free of charge. Current enrollment is at 328 students in the full time programs and 86 in the short term, with 90% of high school students in Green Country’s Computer Technology programs.

Green Country Technology Center is located on what is now known as University Drive but is more commonly known as “The Loop”, positioned between Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and The College of The Muscogee Creek Nation.  

Roberds, who began her career in oil with Texaco in 1998, spoke on how a merger and a move gave her the boost she needed to switch careers, which ultimately landed her at GCTC as an instructor of digital media. Roberds is now the Director of Adult and Career Development for GCTC.

Roberds outlined for the Rotarians the different course options available for full time and part time students, including Drafting, Digital Media, Health Careers, LPN program, a Pre- Nursing program, Sports Medicine, and Carpentry, a program that routinely completes “Live Work Projects” making the newest in efficient living spaces – Tiny Houses, which are designed by GCTC Drafting students.

The newest program at GCTC is HVAC- currently open only to adults. Almost all courses at GCTC come with career or industry certifications. While the school is accredited, those who attend do not receive a degree, but rather certifications from their field stating their training and completion of the training.  Roberds also spoke on the state of the art sports medicine clinic located on campus and the possible addition of special interest classes.
The big news Roberd’s shared was the development of an advisory board, in conjunction with the Okmulgee Economic Development Association, to explore the possibility of bringing in an Entrepreneurial Education program for new or existing business owners in the area. Roberds stated that they would like to possibly make the program a 10 month training session on all aspects of owning and operating a business, from banking to marketing and advertising. “There is a possibility for scholarships for new area businesses to take the classes and we are currently looking for bankers, lawyers, accountants, consultants, and others who would be interested in giving seminars to the students and advise them on the different aspects of owning a business,” states Roberds.  
For more information on the courses offered, live work projects, or to learn more about the possibilities of the Entrepreneurial Education program contact Julie Roberds at (918)758-0840 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

Health officials say they’re seeing an increase in Shigellosis, and infectious intestinal illness, in Okmulgee County.

Shigellosis is a reportable disease in Oklahoma. It is an infection of the intestines and its main symptoms are diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucous), fever, vomiting and stomach cramps. The average time between exposure and symptoms is one to three days. The illness typically lasts from four to seven days. Most people with shigellosis recover with rest and drinking plenty of fluids, however, some may require hospitalization for treatment of dehydration and supportive care.

Shigella, the bacteria that causes shigellosis, is shed in the stools of an infected person, and can be spread by direct or indirect fecal-oral contact. People who have shigellosis and do not wash their hands after they use the bathroom or if changing a diaper of an infected child can contaminate objects (toys, food, water, etc), which others may put into their mouths.

Shigella is very contagious. To keep this infection from spreading, careful and consistent handwashing, especially after using the bathroom or diaper-changing, is important, said William R. Pierson, Health Department Administrator. Staying home from work or school and out of social situations throughout the course of the illness for a full 48 hours after symptoms are gone is encouraged.

Shigella is most common in young children but health officials said local cases have included both kids and adults. Because the local health district is trying to get ahead of a potential community spread of the illness, health officials said anyone developing shigellosis symptoms is encouraged to see a doctor to be tested and receive an antibiotic treatment.

The Henryetta Chamber of Commerce's Rodeo Committee is pleased to say “Thank You” to our many loyal rodeo sponsors!  Rodeo Committee Chair, Tammie Hiatt, said that the Chamber is so very proud of all of our rodeo sponsors and how they have supported the continuous growth of the rodeo program and the continued improvement rodeo grounds located a historic Nichols Park.  Hiatt reported that this year, One Fire Casino Okmulgee will again be the “Presenting Sponsor” and the Henryetta Ford Ranch has sponsored a beautiful custom hand-crafted saddle to be won by a lucky rodeo fan at the Jim Shoulders Living Legends Rodeo over the Labor Day weekend.  Per Hiatt, each year Henryetta rodeos bring thousands of people to our community.  This year the Chamber of Commerce has invested thousands of dollars in new lighting for the Jim Shoulder Living Legends rodeo arena.  Chamber President, Lyle Stogner, said this is just one of the ways the Chamber helps to support the quality of life for Henryettans.  Hiatt invites businesses, organizations, or individuals that desire to become a rodeo sponsor to contact the Chamber office at 918-652-3331 or give her a call at 918-652-3988.  Sponsorship opportunities are available at all levels and are tax deductible as advertisement; and remember when you invest in Chamber of Commerce events your investment stays in Henryetta. Discounted rodeo presale tickets are now available at the following locations:  Paul’s Western Store, Jiffy Mart, Bardin’s Tractors &Farm Supply, Coalton Feed, Hiatt Window & Glass, and the Chamber of Commerce.

The Henryetta Chamber of Commerce extends a very special “thank you” to the following 2015 Henryetta Rodeos sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:
One Fire Casino

The Cowboy Way Sponsors
Kaleidoscope/U S Cellular
Henryetta Ford Ranch
First Family Federal Credit Union

“Friends of Rodeo Legends”
Oklahoma Natural Gas
McDonalds (Henryetta)

Golden Spur
First National Bank and Trust
Henryetta Eye Center
Ron & Sue Richmond
Stewart Martin Equipment
Tiger Mountain Recovery
AtLink Services, LLC

Silver Spur Sponsors
First Family Federal Credit Union
Physical Therapy Central
Steadfast Air Conditioning
Troy Aikman Foundation
Neal’s Furniture

Brass Spur Sponsors
Suddenlink Communications
American Exchange Bank
Edward Jones Investments (Jeremy Roberts)
The Classic Diner
Henryetta Dental Center
Reginald E. Palmer CPA and Dirk Palmer CPA
Arrow Head Truck Equipment

Dusty Spur Sponsors
Henryetta Insurance Agency
Newt’s Tire
RMA Communications
Bardin’s Tractor & Farm Supply
Caves Jewelry
Cheezies Pizza
Coalton Shaving & Feed
Marvin’s Place
Dickey’s Oil Pit
Embroidery Plus
Fountain View Manor
Henryetta Historical Society
Imperial Jewelry & Music
Kennedy Lumber Company
Lou Ann Moudy, ATTY
Midway Grocery & Deli
Paul’s Western Store
Ronnie Kell For State Representative District 16
State Representative, Jerry Shoemake
State Farm Insurance
Woodmen of the World
Cowboy Pokes Café (I-40 Weleetka Exit)

Contributing Sponsors:
Henryetta Free Lance Newspaper
Hiatt Window & Glass
The Henryettan.com
1240 The Brew Radio
City of Henryetta

Photo by Allen Garnder - ONN

The end of summer is upon us and no one in the State says farewell to the season better than Henryetta. The Henryetta Labor Day Celebration beings Thursday night with the opening of the annual carnival which will run nightly from Thursday to Monday. Wristbands will be available for $25.00 from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday – Saturday nights and on Sunday from 5-10 p.m. Saturday is the kick off for the Living Legends Rodeo at the Jim Shoulders Arena in Nichols Park. The rodeo will be held the 5th and the 6th beginning at 8 p.m. each night. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  Also on the 5th, a gospel concert that is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Henryetta High School Auditorium.  

The main event for the celebration, the annual Labor Day Parade, will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 7 and will feature area schools various clubs, pageant winners, law enforcement, and politicians. Immediately following the parade, the town of Henryetta opens up with events scheduled around the community. At 11:30, parade goers are encouraged to attend the frog jump contest, the fish scramble, and the terrapin race that is held between Main and Broadway on 6th street. The barbeque lunch will also begin at 11:30 at the Henryetta Civic Center. A yearly favorite, the First Family Credit Union Classic Car and Bike show will begin at noon and last till 2 p.m. and family games such as egg toss, sack races, softball toss, and water balloon throw will begin at 12:45 at the baseball field.

The weekend will be capped off, as always, with the awards ceremony and local entertainment and fireworks at Cameron Field starting at 6:30 p.m. Check back to Okmulgee News Network throughout the weekend for pictures and updates on each event as they happen and as always, have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 13:12

September is National Preparedness Month

Okmulgee, Okla. -- September is National Preparedness Month, a good time for all Okmulgee County citizens to take advantage of resources that are available to help prepare for the next disaster or emergency.

Okmulgee County Emergency Management (OCEM) urges citizens to be prepared to be self-reliant during an emergency for at least three days (if not more) without utilities and electricity, water service, fuel, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue.

Preparing can start with four steps:

1. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.

2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency.

3. Build an emergency supply kit.

4. Get involved.

To assist with these efforts, OCEM will be sharing planning resources on the Okmulgee County Emergency Management page (http://www.okmulgeecountyem.com/) and be sure to LIKE US and SHARE the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/okmcoem) throughout the month. The information should be shared with family, friends and community organizations.

Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year's National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan.

Preparedness information will also be posted at http://www.ready.gov/
Information is also available at 1-800-BE-READY (1-800-237-3239), 1-888-SE-LISTO or TTY 1-800-462-7585.

For more information from on State of Oklahoma preparedness, visit http://www.ok.gov/OEM/

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