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Wednesday, 04 February 2015 18:13

Okmulgee County Election Filings as of Feb 4

City Of Morris Mayor Non Partisan

Carolyn Haworth, 71,100 S 5th St., Morris, Ok 74445

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City Of Beggs

Councilmember - Councilmember, Ward No.2

Non Partisan

Vernaj. Barnes, 77, 208 W 5th, Beggs, Ok 74421

Councilmember - Councilmember, Ward No.4

Non Partisan

Burt Jones, 73, 302 S Chippewa, Beggs, Ok 74421

Lanissa Jack Melton, 36, 100 North Morgan Drive, Beggs, Ok 74421

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City Of Henryetta

Councilmember - Councilmember, Ward No.1

Non Partisan

Darrell Coppedge, 52, 512 N 5th Street, Henryetta, Ok 74437

Shannon Scott, 47, 26777 S 220 Rd, Henryetta, Ok 74437

Michelle Broome Stremme, 68, 321 E Willow St, Henryetta, Ok 74437

Councilmember - Councilmember, Ward No.2

Non Partisan

Christy Jeffcoat, 33, 907 N 8th, Henryetta, Ok 74437

Ronald D. Lee of Henryetta Withdrew 2-4-15

Mike Pemberton, 60, 1612 West Trudgeon St., Henryetta, Ok 74437

Lucy Peoples, 73, 612 West Gentry, Henryetta, Ok 74437

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City Of Morris

Councilmember - Councilmember, Ward No.1 Seat A

Non Partisan

Wayne Payne, 62,1210 N Hughes, Morris, Ok 74445

Councilmember - Councilmember, Ward No.3 Seat A

Non Partisan

Sarah Faye Amador, 32,417 S Hughes Ave, Morris, Ok 74445

Councilmember - Councilmember, Ward No.4 Seat A

Non Partisan

Shawn Maverick Fritsche, 34, 727 S. Hughes Ave, Morris, Ok 74445

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Town Of Dewar

Board Of Trustees, Office No.1

Non Partisan

Amber Brison, 37, 707 E. 6th, Dewar, Ok 74431

Board Of Trustees, Office No.2

Non Partisan

David Heath, 61, 1409 W. 7th, Dewar, Ok 74431

Board Of Trustees, Office No.3

Non Partisan

Amber Smith, 33, 306 W. 4th St., Dewar, Ok 74431

Board Of Trustees, Office No.5

Non Partisan

Kevin Westmoreland, 51, 108 E 4th, Dewar, Ok 74431

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City Of Beggs

City Clerk

Non Partisan

Doris M. Tharp, 63, 401 E 7th, Beggs, Ok 74421

O. G. Corky Thompson, 81, 204 W 5th, Beggs, Ok 74421

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City Of Beggs City Treasurer

Non Partisan

Emma Hill, 62, 105 S. Choctaw, Beggs, Ok 74421

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Oklahoma City -- The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) has created a new position to help resolve problems for foster parents. Lisa Buck, a former foster parent and a professional advocate, has been named as the foster care ombudsman.

DHS Director Ed Lake created this position within the Office of Client Advocacy (OCA) to track, address and resolve complaints and grievances of foster parents in order to improve their experiences with DHS and ultimately to improve recruitment and retention of foster parents. OCA is the independent investigative and advocacy office within DHS that promotes client safety and the fair, honest and professional delivery of services provided by the agency.

Buck and her husband became foster parents eight years ago as an answer to their call of faith. They have had eight foster children in their home, adopting two of them along the way. In addition to the children they adopted, the Bucks also have four biological daughters, and two other "sons" who have become part of the family through church mentorship.

"Having been a foster parent, I understand that it is critically important that their needs be heard and addressed," she said.

Buck is passionate about systemic improvements for foster families. She was an original member of the 111 Project to create initiatives and awareness in the faith community. She is also a tireless advocate for foster parent recruitment and retention, speaking all over the state to faith-based groups, support groups and conferences.

"Lisa's personal and professional background makes her uniquely suited to serve as the foster care ombudsman. She is dedicated to improving the experience of foster parents and has the passion, wisdom and sense of purpose necessary to truly make a difference," said Kathryn Brewer, OCA Advocate General.

Senate Bill 1793 which went into effect November 1, 2014, mandated an entirely new grievance and complaint process for foster parents. This legislation requires the collaboration and oversight of both the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth (OCCY) as well as the DHS OCA. The two offices have been working together to establish an online complaint system, www.okfosterparentvoices.org.

"The collaboration between the OCA and the OCCY will foster transparency of the foster parent complaint process" said Sara Vincent OCCY Programs Manager. "As a result of the positive working relationship between the OCA and the OCCY, foster parents are able to submit complaints at a neutral site. This process cultivates a systemic support system for foster parents and promotes communication among persons involved in providing services to children placed in foster care. The OCCY supports the advocacy efforts for foster parents offered by the new foster care ombudsman."

The grievance procedures have been significantly modified for foster parents. The statute requires all grievances and complaints to be resolved within 60 days. However, initial responses to complaints or grievances are now answered within three business days and are tracked by the foster care ombudsman.

To submit a complaint or grievance, foster parents can use the online form located at: http://www.okfosterparentvoices.org/ or call 1-866-335-9288.

"Foster parents have not had this opportunity before," said Buck, "This process will help them understand what their rights are, provide them with answers and closure, and allow their voices to be heard."

Okmulgee County Director: J.R. Dillard
Okmulgee CW District Director: Daniel Herring

Address: 5005 N. Wood Dr.
Okmulgee, OK 74447
Phone: (918) 752-2000
Fax: (918) 752-2090

Hours: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday


New data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health's (OSDH) Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program shows dramatic increases in breastfeeding initiation rates and surpasses state and national averages, achieving Healthy People 2020 goals six years early. Healthy People is a science-based, 10-year national initiative that sets objectives for improving the health of all Americans nationwide.

Typically, WIC mothers tend to have some of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the country, yet the percentage of Oklahoma WIC mothers breastfeeding reached an all-time high of 82.1 percent in 2014. In OSDH/WIC clinics that have a breastfeeding peer counselor program, the breastfeeding rates are even higher at 85.1 percent.

"OSDH has partnered with multiple organizations on statewide efforts to improve breastfeeding rates and we are beginning to see that teamwork makes a positive impact on public and workforce policies, lifestyles, and changing attitudes that now support breastfeeding mothers," said OSDH WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator Rosanne Smith. "This data shows that WIC mothers want to breastfeed and we need to continue to make it easier for them to keep on breastfeeding."

A mother's ability to breastfeed is impacted by many factors from prenatal care to hospital delivery, and from community practices to workplace policies. Similar to other public health efforts, one intervention is unlikely to address all barriers faced by breastfeeding mothers. OSDH has successfully partnered on a number of statewide efforts which are showing positive results. Some of those programs and efforts include:

· The WIC program provides quality breastfeeding education to all pregnant clients, positively influencing a mother's decision to initiate breastfeeding. Over half of all babies born in Oklahoma each year are on the WIC program before their first birthday. WIC's evidence-based peer counselor program, available in 19 of Oklahoma's 77 counties, provides more extensive prenatal and postpartum support that mothers need to resolve their breastfeeding concerns. WIC breastfeeding peer counselors are breastfeeding mothers who have been trained to provide mother-to-mother support.

· OSDH partnered with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) Department of OB/GYN to develop and operate a free, statewide Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline that breastfeeding mothers, families and health care professionals can call 24/7 and receive professional lactation support from International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. Over 15,000 calls have been received by the hotline since its launch in 2009.

· OSDH and OUHSC partnered in 2010 to provide professional training on breastfeeding management to hospitals and healthcare providers through the Oklahoma Hospital Breastfeeding Education Project. This partnership expanded in 2012 to include the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma Hospital Association and the Office of Perinatal Quality Improvement. The team launched the Becoming Baby-Friendly in Oklahoma Project to help hospitals improve care for breastfeeding mothers and babies and work to achieve the international designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital. As a result, Oklahoma hospitals' combined average scores on the CDC survey of hospital practices has improved by about 30 percent, from 55 out of 100 in 2009, to 71 out of 100 in 2013.

· OSDH has partnered with the Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates (COBA) and the Oklahoma BirthNetwork to recognize Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksites. Currently 144 worksites are recognized for having a breastfeeding policy for employees, a private location for mothers to express milk during flexible break times, and access to a nearby clean water source and sink.

· WIC and partners collaborated to produce free breastfeeding legislation cards that mothers can carry in their wallets. These cards explain Oklahoma's state laws and federal labor regulations protecting their rights to breastfeed. The cards are available, at no cost, on the OSDH Breastfeeding Information and Support website at http://bis.health.ok.gov.

For more information on OSDH initiatives to improve breastfeeding outcomes and reduce infant mortality, call OSDH Maternal and Child Health Service at (405) 271-4480 and ask about the Preparing for a Lifetime, It's Everyone's Responsibility initiative or visit: http://iio.health.ok.gov. For information about breastfeeding support in your area, call the WIC toll-free number at 1-888-655-2942.

Okmulgee Fire Marshall Rick Chisum warns the public to hazardous fire conditions today and probably thoughout the week.  Conditions are right to have fires start easily with the humidity at 23% with 38% dew point and 78 degrees.  Winds at 14 mph with gust up to 30 mph.  

“There is a lot of dry forage that can easily be caught on fire,” said Chisum.

“It doesn't take much to get something started, even if a person pulls off the pavement into the grass a fire could get started just from the cataleptic converter underneath the vehicle or a tail pipe as dry as it is, such as if a person might perhaps pull off the road to go fishing or something,” Chisum said.

Absolutely do not burn in these conditions, a person could be completely liable if a fire breaks out due to burning.

He also warned that a home owner could be liable for damages in the case of a fire being stated due to burning. 

“This could be catastrophic if someones home or even hay field catches fire,” Chisum said. "Homeowners insurance will not pay if the person is found liable for starting a fire."

If you are planning to cook outdoors, the Fire Marshall recommends gas over charcoal.  If charcoal is used, he said to use with extreme caution and to keep a water hose nearby. He said to water down the coals and the area after cooking, but said it is best to be avoided all together right now.  

The Beggs rural fire also posted notice that there is extreme fire danger Jan 28, with high winds and low humidity. They are warning the public not to burn and to respect those around you.  SEE RELATED STORY


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The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band is thrilled to announce its 2015 conference. The conference theme for this year's conference is "Africans and Indians, Eating from the same pot: Generations of shared culture, traditions, language, food and music." The conference will be held at Langston University Langston University; 4205 N. Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. Friday, May 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM - Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 10:00 PM (OKC campus). The two day conference will focus on the history and plight of the African Indian Freedmen from all Five Tribes of Oklahoma, Indian Territory (Creek, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Choctaw, and Seminole).

Activities and presentations will include genealogy workshops; a Mvskoke language workshop; a presentation by the renowned Storyteller, Wallace Moore; presentations by scholars, lecturers, and attorneys; a panel discussion; and a presentation by the Urban League 'Young Professionals.' In addition, a special viewing of the MCIFB's documentary "Bloodlines" will be shown at the historic Paramount Theater, centrally located in downtown OKC, only minutes away from the historic Deep Deuce and Bricktown district.

This conference supports the MCIFB's primary goal to enhance public awareness of Black Indian Freedmen and Native American cultures by educating our members, supporters, and the general public regarding the history and cultures of the two groups.

It is our desire that the rich cultural heritage of the Freedmen/Black Indian will be recognized and represented in museums as well as elementary, high school and college textbooks. We have secured scholarly speakers and presenters and are confident that each attendee will enjoy a quality educational conference!

Our hope is that this conference will not only inspire seasoned researchers, but challenge young researchers as well. Who should attend? Scholars, history buffs, genealogy societies, genealogists, family historians, beginner, intermediate, or experienced researchers, hobbyists, students, descendants of Black Indians, the general public, and anyone interested in learning more about the unique history of the Black Indians.

Registration includes all workshops, entertainment, lunch, special viewing of the MCIFB's documentary "Bloodlines" (showing at the Paramount Theater), and a banquet dinner on Saturday evening. You can purchase your tickets via Eventbrite at CLICK HERE

For hotel accommodations we have selected Homewood suites and Hilton Garden Inn. Enjoy a conference rate of $149.00 per night. Please visit the links below to book your reservation. For guest arriving on Thursday evening, Homewood Suites offers a complementary dinner (M-Thurs) and breakfast.



If you are interested in placing an Ad/business card/Patrons list in the Souvenir/program book, or if you know of anyone that would be interested in a vendor table we have limited opportunities avail.

For more information about the MCIFB, Visit us at www.1866creekfreedmen.com

or contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration: 8:15am

Workshops: 9:00am-4:00 pm

Thank you for your support!

MKL Okmulgee Head Start
Children in Dee Griffin's Okmulgee Head Start class have been learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as MKL Day approaches Monday Jan 19.

Facts about Martin Luther King Jr.

Occupation: Civil Rights Leader
Born: January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, GA
Died: April 4, 1968 in Memphis, TN
Best known for: His "I have a dream" speech


Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights activist in the 1950s and 1960s. He led non-violent protests to fight for the rights of all people including African Americans. He hoped that America and the world could become a colorblind society where race would not impact a person's civil rights. He is considered one of the great orators of modern times and his speeches still inspire many to this day.

Where did Martin grow up?

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, GA on January 15, 1929. He went to Booker T. Washington High School. He was so smart that he skipped two grades in high school and started his college education at Morehouse College at the young age of fifteen. After getting his degree in sociology from Morehouse, Martin got a divinity degree from Crozer Seminary and then got his doctor's degree in theology from Boston University.

Martin's dad was a preacher which inspired Martin to pursue the ministry as well. He had a younger brother and an older sister. In 1953 he married Coretta Scott. Later they would have four children Yolanda, Martin, Dexter, and Bernice.

How did he get involved in civil rights?

In his first major civil rights action, Martin Luther King Jr. led the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This started when Rosa Parks refused to move to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. As a result, Martin led a boycott of the public transportation system. The boycott lasted for over a year. It was very tense at times. Martin was arrested and his house was bombed, but in the end he prevailed and segregation on the Montgomery busses ended.

When did King give his famous "I have a Dream" speech?

In 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. helped to organize the famous March on Washington. Over 250,000 people attended this march in an effort to show the importance of civil rights legislation. Some of the issues the march hoped to accomplish included an end to segregation in public schools, protection from police abuse, and to get laws preventing discrimination in employment.

It was at this march where Martin gave his "I have a Dream" speech. This speech has become one of the most famous speeches in history. The march and Martin's speech were a success. The Civil Rights Act was passed a year later in 1964.

How did he die?

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4. 1968 in Memphis, TN. He was shot by James Earl Ray while standing on the balcony of his hotel.

Fun Facts about Martin Luther King Jr.

  • King was the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a national holiday.
  • At the Atlanta premier of the movie Gone with the Wind, Martin sang with his church choir.
  • There are over 730 streets in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr.
  • One of his main influences was Mohandas Gandhi who taught protesting in a non-violent manner.
  • He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • The name on his original birth certificate is Michael King. This was a mistake, however. He was supposed to be named after his father who was named for the leader of the Christian reformation movement, Martin Luther.
  • He is often referred to by his initials MLK.

By Shakara Shepard
Okemah News Leader Correspondent

On Thursday, January 8, 2015, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation presented the Okfuskee County Sheriff's Department and the Okemah Police Department with surplus equipment that is still in good condition. OSBI Director Stan Florence presented Okfuskee County Sheriff Darrell Summers and Okemah Police Chief Ed "Skeeter" Smith with Raid Vests, Ballistic Vests and shot guns. Several OSBI Special Agents and Staff joined members of the Sheriff's department and the Okemah Police Department in Judge Lawrence Parish's courtroom for a special presentation.

OSBI Director Stan Florence stated that the OSBI understands local needs and how important it is for the local agencies to have the equipment they need. Director Florence spoke briefly about his time in law enforcement and stated he understood the lack of funding for local agencies. He commented there were times when the departments that he worked with only had one spare tire to share with all police units. He recalled that the officer leaving town was the one who carried the spare tire for the day.

Before joining the OSBI in 2003, Florence worked as a police officer in Duncan and served as Sheriff in the Grady County Sheriff's Office. Florence said the working relationship between local departments and the OSBI is very important.

Oklahoma State Senator Roger Thompson and Representative Steve Kouplen were present for the presentation. Senator Thompson and Representative Kouplen stated they were certainly thankful for the contribution to Okfuskee County. Thompson spoke briefly about the value of not discarding things and how much the OSBI's contribution would help both the Sheriff's Department and Police Department in Okfuskee County. Thompson commented on the upcoming tight budget for the next fiscal year making the contribution by the OSBI very relevant. He also commented that while the surplus items could be sold to benefit the OSBI, it was very much appreciated that they were reaching out to help local departments in Okfuskee County.

Sheriff Summers stated Okfuskee County has great people and they deserve the best. "There are some things that we need that we cannot afford and that makes it tough to do things sometimes. We appreciate the State Legislature and OSBI doing this for us and making this equipment available for us."

The Sheriff's Department received six ballistic (bullet proof) vests, six raid vests and three shot guns.
Police Chief Smith stated that he could not express how appreciative they are for the State Legislature and OSBI for making the items available. "It's an asset to have. And it's beneficial to the officers to have vests. Hopefully we never have to use them, but it could save lives."

The Okemah Police Department received eight Raid vests.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 18:12

Mounds Senior Citizens Center January Menu

JANUARY 2015 menu for the Mounds Senior Citizens center:

Tues, Jan 6 - Meat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Rolls, Dessert

Thur, Jan 8 - Bean & Smoked Sausage Soup, Cornbread, Dessert

Tues, Jan 13 - King Ranch Chicken, Salad, Dessert

Thur, Jan 15 - Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Salad, Dessert

Tues, Jan 20 - Taco Soup, Cornbread or Chips, Dessert

Thur, Jan 22 - Smothered Pork Chops, Roasted Potatoes, Mixed Veggies, Dessert

Tues, Jan 27 - Tater Tot Casserole, Veggies, Rolls, Dessert

Thur, Jan 29 - Beef Stew, Cornbread, Dessert

EVERYONE WELCOME - Open @ 9:00 am; Serving @ 11:30 am

Oopsie Daisy and over the Edge!  Driver has mishap and runs truck off parking lot edge.

Mr. Andrews, the driver of a Ford pickup truck,  said he just purchased his truck only two weeks ago, not even long enough to get his permanent tag.  He stated that the breaks malfunctioned, but there was no official report on the matter.

The incident took place in the parking lot of the Homeland grocery store in Henryetta Monday afternoon Jan 5.

Photos by Allen Gardner - ONN

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