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The City Council voted to confirm Walt Cotner and Bobby Howard to the Okmulgee Recreation Board. Each Council Member is allowed to select an individual from within their ward and the Mayor selection is at large for the Okmulgee Recreation Board Members.

Mr. Cotner represents Ward 3 and Mr. Howard represents Ward 4. This basically is housekeeping as they have to be re-appointed when there are new elections.

 

Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen, Ashten Vincent fared very well this week in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2014 being crowned first runner up next Miss Florida Leah Sykes who took the title this year.  The crowning took place on Aug. 17 in the Linda Chapin Theater at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Vincent earned a $12,000 scholarship subsidized by Ronald Brouillette. Her talent performance was a Vocal and her personal platform is "S.E.R.V.E. - Students Encouraging and Recognizing Volunteer Efforts".

Vincent made stride throughout the competition. On Aug. 14, Vincent was named Wednesday night's preliminary Talent winner for her vocal performance "Bring Him Home" during the second night of the competition. Vincent received a $500 scholarship provided by Togatae Designs.  Then during the third night of the competition, Vincent was again in the spotlight winning the preliminary Evening Gown/On-stage Question. Ashten received a $500 scholarship provided by Regalia Magnificent Apparel.   

Miss America's Outstanding Teen (MAOTeen) is the "little sister" organization of the Miss America Scholarship Organization. This not-for-profit program has made available more than $4 million in college scholarships, in the past eight years, nationally to young women from 13 to 17 years of age. America's Outstanding Teen offers accomplished teens the opportunity to be awarded funds for college. The program promotes scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for America's teens.

Monday, 12 August 2013 13:49

Roy LeBlance Rodeo Parade 2013 Photo Gallery

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Oliver the Watusi Bull at the Roy LeBlance Rodeo Parade

Photos from the 2013 Okmulgee Roy LeBlanc Rodeo Parade - Copyright property of the Okmulgee News Network, no use without permission.

 

Thursday, 18 July 2013 12:29

Okmulgee YMCA swim team building positive experiences

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Okmulgee Swim instruction at Okmulgee YMCA Photo by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer

Did you know that modern swim instruction was invented at the YMCA? Maybe this is why so many people have learned to swim at the Y, and continue to come back to enjoy our outstanding facilities.

And did you know that modern swim safety programs were invented at the YMCA? This must be why so many people rely on the YMCA to keep their families safe.

The Aquatics programs of the YMCA of Okmulgee are about more than just the techniques and skills; they are about building friendships, developing self-esteem, and creating positive experiences that will last a lifetime.

Brian Thomason, Fireman and Pastor Richard Manning, Calvary Baptist Church are coaching a YMCA swim team.

In their regular line of work as a pastor and fireman, technically some may say they are both  "First Responders". They are teaching the competitiveness of swimming and their students are working hard while having fun at it.

Thursday, 18 July 2013 11:44

Steve Crawford, The Magic Archeologist

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Wednesday July 24th Steve Crawford, The Magic Archeologist, will be at the Okmulgee Public Library for two shows, 1:00 and 2:30.  All children ages 5-12 are welcome to  attend.  If you haven't been able to come to any of the shows it's not too late, sign up and come join in the fun, everyone is welcome!  Children don't need to  have a library card to attend the programs but they do need to sign up for the program.

This Indiana Jones style program tells the story of a man who found an old oil lamp under the ground when he was a child.  From it a genie appeared presenting him with a real magic wand.  Fun acts in the show include what happened when the magic wand was accidently dropped on a library book.  The Magic Archeologist introduces underground animals, Samantha the Snake, Bob theBat, and he will be featuring music from "Raiders of the Lost Ark".

For more information call 918-756-1448 or visit the library at 218 S. Okmulgee.

There will be a Potato Dinner Fundraiser being held August 17 at 6 p.m. at the Okmulgee Elks Lodge for Anastasia Adamson.  

Potato choices are: Loaded, Taco, Chili, or BBQ Brisket. The cost is $6 a ticket. The proceeds will go towards helping with registration fees for the National American Miss pageant.  

Anastasia will be returning for her fifth year representing Okmulgee as State Finalist in Oklahoma’s 2014 competition.  

To pre-purchase a dinner ticket you may contact Shannon Adamson at 918-724-8808. You can also purchase your ticket at the door.  Please support this young lady on her journey.

Thursday, 11 July 2013 20:15

Miss Okmulgee County and Miss Okmulgee to be chosen

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Last year's crowning of Miss Okmulgee County 2013 Tawnie Goodwin.  Photo by Paul Orosco ONN Chief Photographer

The journey participate in the 2014 Miss Oklahoma and Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen pageants starts this Saturday night at the annual Miss Okmulgee County and Miss Okmulgee at the Henryetta High School Auditorium.  The pageant will begin at 7:00 PM.  

The contestants will compete in private interview, physical fitness (swim suit), talent, evening wear and on stage question.

Many talented past winners from Pageant Director Wade Hall, will be in attendance Saturday night.  Especially Miss Okmulgee County 2013 Tawnie Goodwin and Miss Okmulgee County's Outstanding Teen 2013 Caroline Friesenhahn.  Special guests are the current Miss Oklahoma, Kelsey Griswold and Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen, Ashten Vincent.  They will also perform their talents for the pageant.

The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. This is the goal of all the young women participating in this event.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 22:12

The Catholic Community welcomes Father Joshua Litwack

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The Catholic Community Of Okmulgee Would Like To Welcome Father Joshua Litwack As The New Priest Of St. Anthony’s & Uganda Martyr Churches.  

Rev. Joshua E. Litwack was born on February 18, 1971 in Burbank California, Fr. Josh grew up in Tulsa and Tahlequah Oklahoma, Kingwood Texas and, Rogers Arkansas, graduating from Bishop Kelley High School in 1989.
Fr. Josh’s father, Deacon Steve (St. Augustine and St. Monica Churches) mother, Donna and younger brother Zach, live in Tulsa.  His older sister Maria lives in Florida.
 
Attending St. Meinrad Seminary College (BA in English Literature with a minor degree in Theology) and School of Theology (MA in Christian Thought & Life and Masters of Divinity) in St. Meinrad, Indiana, Fr. Josh graduated in May 2000, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Tulsa on July 28, 2000 by Bishop Edward Slattery.
Since July 2000, Fr. Josh has held the following positions:
·        2000-2003 Associate Pastor of Christ the King Church in Tulsa as well as being part-time Chaplain at Bishop Kelley High School
·        2003-2004 Associate Pastor of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church in Tulsa and continued being part-time Chaplain at Bishop Kelley High School
·        2004-2005 Full time Chaplain at Bishop Kelley High School
·        2005-2009 Pastor of St. Clement of Rome Church in Bixby, part-time Chaplain at Bishop Kelley High School, and Diocesan Chaplain for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Campfire
·        2009-2013 Pastor of Sacred Heart Church (Wilburton), St. Catherine of Siena Church (Talihina), and Holy Trinity Church (Clayton)
Traveling, doing artwork, writing, reading, eating interesting food, and being with friends are just a few of Fr. Josh’s interests.
Celebrating the Sacraments, teaching, preaching, blessing, and visiting with parishioners are some of the things Fr. Josh loves to do in his priestly ministry.

Fr. Josh is very much looking forward to being Pastor of St. Anthony and Uganda Martyrs Churches. He loves God very much and desires to serve God’s People in celebrating and growing in our Catholic Faith.  
 
There will be no daily masses from July 1st  to 5th 2013.  He will say his first mass on Saturday July 6th at 5 pm at St Anthony’s.
 
On Sunday July 7, there will be a combined St Anthony & Uganda Marty  mass at  10:00 am at St. Anthony’s (there will be NO 8:30 am MASS at Uganda Martyrs) After the 10:00 am mass the annual Parish picnic/Welcoming Reception for Father Josh will be held at the St. Anthony’s Parish Hall.
Hamburgers and hot dogs will be furnished.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 13:54

Okmulgee School Board meeting tonight

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The Okmulgee Board of Education will hold a special meeting this evening at 6 p.m. in the administration building at 316 E. 8th Street in Okmulgee.  The agenda is as follows:

AGENDA

1.    Roll Call and Declaration of Quorum      

2.    Consent Agenda – Items recommended for approval by a single motion.

At the request of any Board Member, any item herein listed may be removed from the consent agenda for discussion or vote as a single issue.

A.    Consideration of the minutes of the June 11, 2013, Regular Meeting, and the June 19, 2013, Special Meeting.

B.    Consideration of monthly encumbrances /expenditures as listed:    
1.    General Fund (F11);
    Purchase Orders:   
        FY 13:  # 843-877  
            FY 14:  # 1-133
    Payroll:
        FY 13:  #50281
             FY 14:  # 50000- 50189
    Change Orders:   as listed

2.    Building Fund (F21);
    Purchase Orders:  
        FY 13:  # 53
             FY 14: # 1-32
    Payroll:   None
    Change Orders:   as listed

3.    Child Nutrition Fund (F22);
    Purchase Orders:
        FY 13:  None
             FY 14: # 1-38
    Payroll:   
        FY 13:  None
             FY 14: # 50000-50016
    Change Orders:   as listed
 

4.    Bond Fund (F31);
    Purchase Orders:   None
    Payroll:   None
    Change Orders:   None

5.    Bond Fund (F32);
    Purchase Orders:   None
    Payroll:   None
    Change Orders:   None

6.    Sinking Fund (F41);
    Purchase Orders:
        FY 13:  None
             FY 14: #1-4
    Payroll:   None
    Change Orders:  None

C.    Consideration of School Rental Requests as listed:

RENTAL SITE    ORGANIZATION    DATE
        
    NONE    
        
D.     Vote to approve/disapprove Fundraiser Request(s) as listed:

FUNDRAISER    ORGANIZATION    DATE
    NONE    
        
E.    Consideration and vote to declare as surplus / junk, an old intercom system recently removed from the Middle School.

F.    Board to consider and take action on a motion approving the renewal of the sublease of District-wide renovations and improvements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014 as required under the provisions of the Sublease Agreement dated August 1, 2011 between the District and Okmulgee County Educational Facilities Authority.

G.    Board to consider and take action on a motion approving the renewal of the lease-purchase agreement for FY14 for the construction of a Track & Field Dressing Facility  as required under the provisions of the Lease-Purchase  Agreement approved by the Board on May 31, 2013 between the District and Citizens Security Bank of Okmulgee.

3.    REPORTS:

A.    Superintendent’s Report -– Tod Williams
B.    Special Ed Report  -– Margie Bemis

4.    Petition to Opine – Input from the Public:

Input or comments on matters that would violate individual rights or confidentiality requirements are prohibited.  Individuals will be limited to 3 minutes and must sign up prior to the start of the meeting.  There will be no comment or response from the Board.

5.    Action Agenda – Individual items for discussion, consideration, and possible vote:

The Board may choose to take action on any item listed, including:  motion to approve; motion to not approve; make a specific motion; take no action; table an item; or concur no action required,  Members may second a motion, cast a vote, or abstain.

A.    Discussion, consideration, and vote regarding Band Director’s proposal for an out-of-state Band Competition for FY14.

B.    Discussion, consideration, and vote regarding Band Director’s proposal for supplemental Color Guard trainer for FY14.

C.    Discussion, consideration and vote regarding recommendation on changes to Administrative contracts for FY14 vis-à-vis a Board requested COLA.

D.    Discussion, consideration and possible vote regarding updates to Board Policy #5004 – Employment Procedures for Certified and Support Staff.  

E.    Discussion, consideration and possible vote regarding updates to Board Policy #5006 - Supervision.  

F.    Discussion, consideration and possible vote regarding updates to Board Policy #6011 – Purchasing.  

G.    Discussion, consideration, and vote regarding a loan agreement for Food Services between Child Nutrition Fund and General Fund for FY14.

6.    Discussion, consideration and vote to go into executive session, pursuant to OKLA. STAT. tit. 25 § 307(B)(1), (B)(2), & (B)(7) (Supp. 2002) to discuss:
                                                                        
A.    Resignations/Retirement/Leave of Absence of the following staff:

•    Amy Redding – resignation
•    Starla Thomas – resignation
•    Candis Goodnight - resignation
•    Any at hand upon consideration of this item

B.    Employment of certified or support staff:

•    Kevin Gordaon – Extra Duty ($3000.00) (half FY13 / half FY14)
•    Donna Hammon – Extra Duty FY14
•    Tiffany Ramer – Certified on temporary contract
•    Sherrie Callahan – Certified on temporary contract
•    Carla Griffin – Support Staff (cook)
•    Glendora Dye – Support Staff (cook)

C.    Discussion regarding employment negotiations for administrative staff and administrative contracts for FY14

7.    Vote to acknowledge return to Open Session.    
                                    
8.    Board Clerk statement of compliance with the record keeping requirements of executive session.

9.    Consideration and possible vote regarding:
                                                                                   
A.    Resignations/Retirement/Leave of Absence of the following staff:

•    Amy Redding – resignation
•    Starla Thomas – resignation
•    Candis Goodnight - resignation
•    Any at hand upon consideration of this item

B.    Employment of certified or support staff:

•    Kevin Gordaon – Extra Duty ($3000.00) (half FY13 / half FY14)
•    Donna Hammon – Extra Duty FY14
•    Tiffany Ramer – Certified on temporary contract
•    Sherrie Callahan – Certified on temporary contract
•    Carla Griffin – Support Staff (cook)
•    Glendora Dye – Support Staff (cook)

C.    Discussion, consideration and vote regarding recommendation on changes to Administrative contracts for FY14 vis-à-vis a Board requested COLA.

10.    ANNOUNCEMENTS

11.    ADJOURNMENT                                                   

Monday, 17 June 2013 20:58

'Caring for Family Treasures' Exhibit to Tour State

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(OKLAHOMA CITY) – The importance of caring for family heirlooms and preserving Oklahoma's culture and heritage is the focus of an exhibit that will travel throughout the state in 2013 and 2014. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust and hosted by local museums and libraries, the free exhibit offers tips on providing the best possible care for family heirlooms.
 
The exhibit consists of 12 panels with best practices on how to care for items including textiles, recordings such as cassettes and family videos, jewelry, clocks and watches, photographs, paintings and paper items such as letters, certificates and maps. Natural materials such as fur, feathers, wood and leather, as well as decorative metals such as silver, brass and copper are covered. The exhibit offers helpful hints on the proper display, storage and handling of items, as well as expert advice on things not to do.  
 
In addition to the traveling exhibit, the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust provides helpful online resources for individuals regarding the proper care of family heirlooms as well as the full traveling exhibit schedule at www.culturalheritagetrust.org.
 
"The traveling exhibit is a wonderful resource for individuals to learn more about caring for their personal heirlooms," said Brenda Granger, co-project director of the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust. "We are excited to assist families in preserving their treasured items to ensure they will be able to be passed down to generations to come."
 
The Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust is an alliance between the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma
Museums Association and many additional supporting partners. The Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust is dedicated to working together with Oklahoma's collections-based archives, libraries and museums to improve support for collections care through training and public awareness. Activities are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency. For more information visit www.culturalheritagetrust.org or call 405-522-3515.

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