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History of Twin Hills Baptist Church

In February of 2014, a small but faithful body of thirty (30) plus believers prayerfully united to strengthen their strong spiritual faith and seek God's Will for a continued ministry to the local community. The initial fellowship and prayer gathering were in the homes of believers, and prayers were answered with a move to the Twin Hills Indian Community Center for a full schedule of services beginning in February 2014. We are grateful to the Twin Hills Indian Community Center for allowing us to use their facility. On April 10, 2014, a unanimous vote was made to proceed in faith with formal plans to build a church. God has provided through the giving hearts and prayers of members and His grace has been consistently evident since that leap of faith. On May 14, 2014, through God's grace and the support of Dwayne Colvin, North Canadian Baptist Association Director of Missions, this fellowship was granted the status as a new church startup. This event was celebrated with a unanimous vote to elect Noel Brandon as Pastor, an anointed teacher with the heart of a shepherd, and a faithful instrument in the hands of God. On October 4, 2015, we celebrated our first Sunday worship service in the new church building. As we continue to grow in membership, we aim to be a beacon of light in our community.

We invite you to join us for church services. We have Sunday School classes for all ages, including a nursery for your little ones. We also have children’s church on Sunday mornings for children who are 3rd grade and younger.

Name of Church: Twin Hills Baptist Church
Address: 20200 Highway 16 Okmulgee, OK 74447 (located in Twin Hills)
Pastor: Noel Brandon- (918) 770-2279
Associate Pastor: Steve Treagesser- (918) 752-0282
Deacons: Gary Story and Steve Treagesser
Church times: Sunday School – 9:45am-10:45am
Sunday Morning Worship – 11:00am
Sunday Evening Worship – 6:00pm
Wednesday Evening Bible Study – 7:00pm

We typically have church fellowship dinners the first Sunday of each month immediately following morning church service.

 Twin Hills Baptist Church

VickyIt is with great enthusiasm that I announce my candidacy for Okmulgee School Board Seat #2. I am a graduate of Okmulgee Public Schools as is my husband Collis II and children, Collis III, Tionna and Collissa. I am a true believer of “Once a Bulldog Always a Bulldog” and have great passion to make Okmulgee Public Schools the best that it can be.
Priorities that I will focus on include:

• Students First-Making each student’s individual needs a priority.
• Supporting Educators and Staff-Giving staff a voice and providing assistance in the classroom.
• Parental and Community Involvement-Giving parents and community a voice and opportunities to participate in their child’s learning environment.
• Breaking Barriers-Open communication between the schools, parents, community and our youth.
• Building Futures-Prioritizing education and creating career pathways.

I have been working with and advocating for youth since 1986 as a parent and continue to do so in my roles as grandmother and education advocate. My involvement in the community and school system includes:

• “A Community Together” (youth mentoring program)-Steering Committee
• Community & Law Enforcement Unity Forum-Recording Secretary
• Okmulgee City-Wide “World Autism Day” and “Autism in the Church”-Coordinator
• Autism Support Group-Education Advocate
• Okmulgee County Head Start Policy Council-Board Member
• Okmulgee Junior Football Association-Cheerleader & Volunteer Coordinator
• Partners in Policy Making-Leadership Class
• Parent Support and Resource Advocate

My professional career has spanned from early childhood education all the way through the higher education. I currently work with at-risk youth and assist them in pursuing the education and career goals. I believe there are gaps within our educational system and I am willing and committed to stand in the gap for our students. My life has been one of servant leadership and I am prepared to work for our students, educators and the community to come together.

I am asking for your vote on February 14th and asking you to help “stand in the gap” for our students at Okmulgee Public Schools. Early voting is February 9th and 10th at the Okmulgee County Court House, 8am til 6pm, please vote.

Free Event!!!!! The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band [MCIFB] of Oklahoma will host its annual history program in honor of Black History month. This event is scheduled on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the True-light Worship Center at 3:00 PM. Participants will be enlightened on the “Little-known history” of the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen, while enjoying “old-time” traditional gospel music, Storytelling, a meme dance performance and much more. The event will commence with a brief history of the Muscogee Creek Freedmen, and the Seminole Freedmen.

Special guest: • Lee Young (Retired, 1st Black Texas Ranger) • Brotherly Love • Ms. Jennifer A. Bradley • Musical guest, Pastor Linda Daniel

• Minister Terry Reece • Sylvia Davis-Price, Black Seminoles
Lee Young, Texas Ranger Sergeant (Retired, 1st Black Texas Ranger) Principal Chief of the Absentee Seminole Tribe of Texas

In September 1988 Lee Young was commissioned a Texas Ranger. He had been working as a
Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Intelligence Investigator in San Antonio. He
previously had worked 13 years as a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper.
In 2003, following more than 29 years of service to the State of Texas, he retired as a Texas
Ranger Sergeant. Lee is the Principal Chief of the Absentee Seminole Tribe of Texas. He is president of the Former Texas Rangers Association, Chairman of the Board North Texas Private Investigators

A descendant of Seminoles, whom fled to Mexico in 1850 to protect their freedom. His Great-Great-Grandfather, Sgt. John Ward, a Seminole Indian Scout was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1875. This heritage has allowed Lee to bring the history, life and accomplishments of the Seminole Indian Scouts and Texas Rangers into classrooms, cultural centers, service organizations, and professional organizations. In 2013, Lee published his memoirs: Lee Young: Memoirs of a Black Seminole Texas Ranger Brotherly Love is a group of sensational gospel singers from Ada Oklahoma. They grew up as children singing for the Lord. God brought these anointed men together Five years ago. Please come out and join us for some down home traditional quartet music from the “Brotherly Love!” Story Teller, Jennifer Bradley will guide event participants on a journey back in time to the days of Indian Territory, a pivotal time in history before the creation of the State of Oklahoma. A time when people of African descent were known as Natives, Black Indians or African Creeks in Indian Territory. In Bradley’s portrayal of Creek Freedwoman, Mary Grayson she gives a riveting performance of this little know history as recorded by the writer's project (WPA) in the 1937 interview of Grayson “I am what colored people call a Native." Sylvia Davis-Price, Band Chief of the Black Seminoles her presentation will focus on the history of Fort Mose the year 1795 and its significance as it relates to free blacks, Spaniards, and Native American background of Fort Mose. Background Hidden away in the marshes of St. Augustine, Florida is one of the most important sites in American history: the first free community of ex-slaves, founded in 1738 and called gracias real de Santa Teresa de Mose or fort Mose (pronounced moh-say).

(More than a century before the emancipation proclamation, slaves from the British colonies were able to follow the original “underground railroad” which headed not to the north, but rather south, to the Spanish colony of Florida. There they were given their freedom if they declared their allegiance to the king of Spain and joined the Catholic Church. Fort Mose was the northern defense of St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city). Courtesy, fort Mose historical society Come out and join us as we celebrate and educate attendees about this unique history. Members and the general public are encouraged to attend this FREE EVENT. When: February 18, 2017 Time: 3:00PM Cost: Free Where: True-light Worship Center Address: 1391 N Midwest Blvd Midwest City, Okla. 73110 For more information please contact us at (405) 414-0366, (405) 204-0023 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.1866creekfreedmen.com Reserve your free ticket(s) by clicking on the below site:


Okmulgee , Okla. -- The Muscogee(Creek) Nation Emergency Management, Okmulgee County Emergency Management and City of Okmulgee Emergency Management in cooperation with the National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tulsa is inviting area first responders and interested residents to take part in a Basic Storm/Weather Spotter Training Class.

The class will be on Monday, March 6 at 6:30-8:30 pm. and will be held in the Green Country Technology Center, 1100 North Loop 56 in Okmulgee.

This course aims to familiarize residents about the processes associated with providing real-time reports on tornadoes, hail, winds, flooding and hurricane damage. Participants will also learn the public safety and communications practices that may be utilized during extreme weather events.

The SKYWARN weather spotter is a program developed by the National Weather Service in partnership with local citizens and consists of trained weather spotters who report severe or hazardous weather. It is widely regarded as one of the most critical assets to the National Weather Service's warning, forecasting and verification process.

For more information about this course contact: James Nichols at 918-732-7891 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



As required by Section 311, Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Board of County Commissioners of Okmulgee County will hold a regular meeting on February 6, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the County Commissioners Conference Room in the County Courthouse, located at 314 W. 7th, Okmulgee.

NOTE: The Board may discuss, vote to approve, vote to disapprove, vote to table or decide not to discuss any item on the agenda.

1. Call to Order, Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

2. Possible approval of minutes from regular meeting

3. Input by the Public on any non-agenda items

4. Order of Business:

A. Discussion and possible approval of Officers’ Reports

B. Discussion and possible approval of Blanket Purchase Orders

C. Discussion and possible approval of Employee Acknowledgment Forms

D. Discussion and possible approval of submitted Utility Permits

E. Discussion and possible approval of Private Property Agreements

F. Possible award of Bid #10 for lease purchase of 2006 or newer 10-wheeled dump truck

G. Discussion and possible approval of plans for Bixby Road Project

H. Discussion and possible approval of Resolution to dispose of equipment

5. Report from Emergency Management Director

6. New Business

7. Discussion and possible approval of claims and/or signing of documents

8. Vote to go into Executive Session to discuss a confidential communication matter with the
Board of County Commissioners’ Attorney

Attorney communications:

25 O.S. §307(B) (4) Executive Sessions: Confidential communications between a public body and its attorney concerning a pending investigation, claim or action if the public body with the advice of its attorney, determines that disclosure will seriously impair the ability of the public body to process the claim or conduct a pending investigation, litigation, or proceeding in the public interest.

9. Vote to return from Executive Session

10. Discussion and possible vote on matters discussed in Executive Session

11. Adjourn

Name/Title of Person Posting This Notice: Becky Thomas/County Clerk

Date: February 2, 2017 Signature: ________________________________

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By Dean Craig Okmulgee Lion

Pictured left to right: Program Chairman Lion Kyle Brooks, Travis Thompson, and President Lion R.C. Morrow. (Photo by Dean Craig)

Tuesday's Lions Club meeting featured another outstanding program from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation by Travis Thompson, Director of Compliance, to ensure that all the laws and regulations regarding the nine casinos are complied with. These nine properties are: Duck Creek Casino; Holdenville; Muskogee; Eufaula; Bristow; Okemah; Checotah; One Fire Casino, Okmulgee; and, of course, the crown jewel of them all is River Spirit Casino Resort, Tulsa.

Travis was born and raised in Henryetta, where he continues to reside with his wife and two daughters. In his spare time, he and his grandfather continue to "run" a few cattle. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2005 and began his employment with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Gaming Commission 11 years ago, opening the new casino in Bristow. When the Checotah casino opened, he was assigned those duties, also, and commuted between those two facilities.

In 2011, he assumed management for the One Fire Casino and Restaurant in Okmulgee, and during this time was his first guest appearance to the Okmulgee Lions Club. In February 2015, he was assigned to River Spirit Casino in Tulsa. In between all this, he managed to squeeze in enough time and energy to obtain a Master of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Phoenix. Therefore, it is no wonder that he was nominated for, and received, the "Native American 40 Under 40" award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). This prestigious award is bestowed upon individuals under the age of 40, nominated by members of their communities who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and made significant contributions in business and their community. Travis was one of seven winners from Northeast Oklahoma, who were honored at the 41st Annual Indian Progress in Business Awards Gala at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico on November 16, 2016.

Of course, one could not mention the Tribe nor Casinos without mentioning the $365 million crown jewel, the recently-opened 4-star River Spirit Casino Resort, the 27-story all-glass tower with 483 rooms and suites, spa, fitness center, and retail stores. Travis stated that the major component is the floor-to-ceiling glass, which provides a spectacular view of the Arkansas River and downtown Tulsa. Construction of this facility created 2,500 jobs, reclaimed 40 acres of sand and silt, required piers driven 30 feet down in the ground, and will put $135 million back into the economy annually. It has 30,000 square feet of space for conventions, which can be divided into 12 break-out rooms. Since it's opening, there has only been about three days without a convention of some kind.

This was a very informative and interesting program, which gave us a lot of positive information that we sometimes never hear about. This kind of knowledge is what you can get by attending any of our meetings, which are open to the public. And we continue to seek a few good men and women to share the blessings of support for our community. "WE SERVE".



First Family Federal Credit Union is now accepting applications for a $500 scholarship. They will award ten scholarships in the amount of $500 each to High School Seniors within their field of membership. Field of membership includes Okmulgee, Okfuskee, McIntosh and Pittsburg Counties. In order to qualify for the scholarship, the applicant (or the applicant’s parent/guardian) must be a member of First Family FCU.  As long as you live, work, worship or attend school in a county they serve, you can join First Family FCU. Seniors and parents can pick up the application up at any of the four First Family FCU locations or online at www.firstfamilyfcu.com.
Completed applications can be dropped off at your nearest location or mail them to P.O. Box 170 Henryetta OK 74437.  The deadline to submit applications is April 14, 2017. High School Seniors who complete applications will receive a First Family FCU selfie stick (while supplies last).

MarcusJeffreyIt is my privilege to serve the citizens, parents and students of the 2nd school district. We have so many great things going on in our school system. The current School Board Members are united in our efforts to insure the education of all of our students with excellence. This is our priority. In short, it’s working, and changing horses in the middle of the stream can come with risk to continuity, influence, and vision.

As School Board Member for the 2nd district I have worked effectively and successfully with my colleagues on the Board and others across the school system and the Okmulgee community to provide effective leadership. Some of the success during this past term on the Board that I am most proud of include the following:

Youth Programs

• ACE – Advanced Contemporary Education
• Native Vision – Summer camp for Native Kids
• Youth Baseball – Summer program for Boys & Girls
• After-School Basketball – sponsored evening time fundamentals training for youth

Preserving our Legacy

• Harmon Stadium – many repairs and upgrades to our historic site
• Dunbar School - Instrumental in the recreation of Dunbar School
• Armory – supporting the repair of the structural integrity of this timeless classic

• Led and developed a series of community meetings on Race-relations Improvement with several city leaders

New Construction

• New Band Building underway currently
• Girls Softball Building
• Rebuilding rooftop greenhouse to OHS
• Roadways and parking lots at Harmon
• Middle School Library

Educational Technology

• Campus-wide WiFi at all buildings
• Chromebooks and laptops for kids
• Classroom projectors repaired and upgraded
• Online textbooks and curriculum

Safety / Security

• Significantly increased the number and quality of cameras at each site
• New security key system and electronic keyless entry at school sites
• Construction of Secure Vestibule at Dunbar School
• Led community action & response meeting over recent community tragedies

Upgrading our Facilities

• Football locker room brought up to standards
• Bus Barn Restrooms brought up to standards
• New Roof on the Middle School Facility
• Upgraded lightings systems for our classrooms and campuses

Accomplishing this kind of success takes everyone working together as a team with respect, experience and a passion for students and a shared commitment to providing them with the best education we can give them. This has been the hallmark of the current Board and I am thankful to have been an integral part of building and maintaining that working environment and shared commitment. There is much more to do and I want to ask the voters of the 2nd District for the privilege of continuing to work on their behalf to insure the best education possible for our children. I look forward to working and discussing with everyone who wants to be involved in addressing the challenges and finding solutions for our improving system.

Marcus has also provided exemplary leadership in the broader community playing a key role in helping to facilitate the following:

• Community & Law Enforcement Unity Forum (Coordinator)
• Annual MLK Youth Program—Over 100 Youth Participating (Youth Coordinator)
• Steering Committee to End Violence in the Community (Co-Coordinator)
• School Board support for resources for the Okmulgee Junior Football Association
(Supported Board vote to provide use of practice fields, locker rooms, buses and the stadium)
• Historic Eastside Baptist Church (Senior Pastor) One of the fastest growing Churches in the City

“EDUCATING our children with EXCELLENCE is my PRIORITY”

Candidates for municipal office in 4 Okmulgee County municipalities may file Declarations of Candidacy beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, February 6th.

Ashley Carnes, Secretary of the County Election Board, said the filing period ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 8th.

Declarations of Candidacy will be accepted at the County Election Board office for the indicated offices for each of the following municipalities:

City of Beggs --- Councilmember Ward 1 (4 year term)
City of Beggs --- Councilmember Ward 3 (4 year term)
City of Beggs --- Mayor (4 year term)
City of Henryetta --- Councilmember Ward 3 (4 year term)
City of Henryetta --- Councilmember Ward 4 (4 year term)
City of Henryetta --- Councilmember at Large (4 year term)
City of Morris --- Councilmember Ward 1 Seat A (unexpired 3 year term)
City of Morris --- Councilmember Ward 1 Seat B (4 year term)
City of Morris --- Councilmember Ward 2 Seat B (4 year term)
City of Morris --- Councilmember Ward 3 Seat B (4 year term)
City of Morris --- Councilmember Ward 4 Seat B (4 year term)
City of Morris --- City Clerk/Treasurer (4 year term)
Town of Dewar --- Board of Trustee Ward 2 (4year term)
Town of Dewar --- Board of Trustee Ward 4 (4 year term)
Town of Dewar --- Board of Trustee Ward 5 (4 year term)
Town of Dewar --- Town Clerk/Treasurer (4 year term)

The municipal offices at stake in Beggs, Dewar, Henryetta and Morris will be filled in the nonpartisan election scheduled April 4, 2017.

Candidates may pick up Declaration of Candidacy forms from the Okmulgee County Election Board Office.

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

by Tina Pierce LMFT

A new year is like the new chapter of a book. It is the opportunity to take your life in a new direction. Many people set out to do this by setting goals or making resolutions. Unfortunately, many people are not successful in completing these goals. One study suggests about 47% of people who make a new year’s resolution never complete it. So to the well-intended goal makers that struggle with the follow through, this one is for you. How to make a goal you can complete.

First, simplify! You are more likely to complete one goal than twenty. Choose one specific goal to work on at a time. Second, make your goal measurable and attainable. Saying I want to start working out one day a week or my goal is to loose five pounds is easier to conquer than I want to lose weight. Plus when you realize that you are making progress toward completing your goal you are more likely to keep going. Finally, write your goal down and share it with someone. Writing your goal down makes you more likely to succeed in completing your goal. Writing your goal down somewhere you see it regularly makes you even more likely to succeed. And sharing that goal with a friend that will keep you accountable to following through on your goal will make you even more likely to complete that goal. To all of the goal makers reading this I applaud your resolve and encourage you to never give up. Even if you feel like you are currently failing at your goal. I encourage you to take a look at your goal and simplify, evaluate the attainability and measurability, write it, and share it. Then celebrate the success even if it is only a partial success that is progress. Good luck, from the therapeutic cheerleader!

Tina Pierce LMFT

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