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Friday, 30 June 2017 13:22

MCN Festival held last weekend

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

The 43rd annual Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival was held this past weekend, with activities centered around the fairgrounds area, though events occurred throughout Okmulgee.

For the kids, there were bounce houses, a rock wall, a Tilt-a-Whirl, the Ferris wheel and Lightning McQueen and Mater from Pixar’s “Cars.”

Food vendors sold turkey legs, funnel cakes, frybread, roasted corn, barbeque, baked goods and Indian tacos.

Various MCN departments had vendor booths with informational material, including the Departments of Environmental Services and Health. The Department of Conservation set up a rainfall demonstration, seeking to educate visitors about proper soil-management techniques.

Arts and crafts vendors had T-shirts, cowboy hats, baseball caps, jewelry, flutes, metalwork, paintings and other items for sale. An art show was held Friday night in the Mvsokke Dome.

In sports, there were tournaments in basketball, horseshoes, softball and volleyball, with results to follow. This was in addition to the rodeo, which, despite a gate breaking down Friday night, went well.

IMG 0935The North Carolina-based southern rock band Delta Rae performed on the stage at 7 p.m. Friday night, their songs included “Chasing Twisters,” “Dance in the Graveyard,” “Outlaws,” and “The Wrong Ocean.”

Many audience members Friday night were attending the festival solely for the Lee Ann Womack concert at 9 p.m., including thirtysomething couple Heather and Greg, who had never attended the festival before. Mark and Ginger from Drumright also attended the concert, bringing friends of theirs from Texas. “My favorite part of the festival was the stomp dance, I’d never seen one before,” Ginger said. Womack performed songs including “Does My Ring Burn Your Finger?”, “Never Again Again,” “The Fool,” “Last Call,” and “You’ve Got to Talk to Me.”

Saturday afforded many options for attendees: in the morning there was a 5K and the parade down 6th Street, in the afternoon there was the Harlan Motors car show, and then Saturday night Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd performed on the main stage.

Mvskoke Media had a booth set up, and radio stations KOKL 1240 AM The Brew, K95.5 FM and KVOO 98.5 FM also attended.

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BY Wesley Coburn - ONN

Harlan Ford put on their first car show Saturday, June 24, and there were many attendees, likely in part bleeding over from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival held at the fairgrounds next door.

There were 137 vehicles that were entered, and 110 of those were judged.

The People’s Choice award went to Michelle Kennedy of 4WAYZ Car Club, with her 2012 Chevrolet Camaro painted like the character Bumblebee from the Transformers film series.

Best of Show, with a perfect maximum score of 150 points possible, was Lloyd Lang of Falcon Club of America, with his 1963 Ford F-Series unibody pickup. An Honorable Mention went to Bob Horn for his 1995 custom-painted Harley-Davidson Dyna Glide, the only motorcycle entered for judging.

A raffle raised over a thousand dollars for the Okmulgee Service League.

“We couldn’t have done it without our staff and sponsors, so a special shout-out to all of them for their hard work,” stated Andrew Harlan, finance and inventory manager.

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Friday, 30 June 2017 13:14

Tdap vaccine required for 7th graders

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

It’s currently nearing the Fourth of July, but August - and with it the upcoming school year - will be here for Okmulgee County teachers, students and parents before they know it. As part of the immunization process, junior high students need proof of a Tdap vaccine before starting school.

Tdap is a booster vaccine that protects against tetnus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). It is commonly recommended for children ages 11-12, and required by Oklahoma law for incoming 7th graders.

Parents are requested to bring a copy of the immunization form on the first day of the 2017-18 school year.

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By Wesley Coburn - ONN

The 43th annual Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival last weekend featured, as always, a fiercely-competitive softball tournament running from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening.

Thirty-one teams were entered in the men’s tournament, while twenty-five squads were on the women’s side of the bracket.

The Kansas Indians were the first-place team in the men’s division, coming out of the loser’s bracket to defeat Big Eagle Express, who had won every game they played previously. The third-place game was between Kansas City Sykos and the Southeast Indians, with the Sykos winning.

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Winning the women’s division were the Sundancers, who had a first-round bye and rolled through their opponents, defeating Pokko Nafkv in the final, while Chitto Harjo won their third-place game against the Beagles.

Other men’s teams competing included the All Americans, the Allniters, BHB, Cate Boys, Down-N-Dirty, Dye Hard, Fry Bread Nation, Gap It, the Goodfellas, Hog Creek, Indigenous, Just Us, Lil Hog Creek, Noo Trybe, O’Jays, the Oklahoma Hill Raiders, the Oklahoma Natives, OPVS, the Rebel Warriors, the Red Bandits, Redline, the Rez Sox, the Shawnee Indians, the Team Players, the Travelers, Tribal Brothers and the Warchiefs.

Other women’s teams competing included the Average Joes, Bext, BHB, the Cardinals, Chahtas, DS4JC Softball, HVPVTTAS, Lady MVP, KaKumbas, Nations, North Americans, the Oklahoma Indians, the Oklahoma Kuties, Red Nations, the Red Stars, the Renegades, Sga-Si-Yu, the Strokers, the Truckers, the War Ponies and the Wild Ponies.

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By Wesley Coburn - ONN

The 43rd annual Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival was held last weekend, June 22-25, and part of the activities was a 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament on Saturday. Games were halfcourt and held in the Mvskoke Dome, with each basket worth one point, first team to 15 winning, or whichever team was ahead after 15 minutes, whichever came first.

First place in the 10-12 Boys division were the Warriors, followed by Tenetke, and in third place were the Redskins. First place in the 10-12 Girls division was Swish, with the Lady Raiders in second place and Holdenville Community in third place.

Another team called the Warriors won the 13-15 Boys division, they defeated 4 Honka Boyz in the finals, and the Flyers took third place. Native Thunder won the 13-15 Girls division by beating Elite in the finals, and another group of Lady Raiders took third place.

The 16-18 Boys division was won by the Native Hustlers, with Native Heat coming in second and Truth in third place. The 16-18 Girls division was captured by the Ballers, with the Scrubs finishing in second place and the Tribe in the third spot.

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By Wesley Coburn - ONN

Many Okmulgee County athletes were named to VYPE Magazine’s Three Rivers All-Region teams in five different sports.

In baseball the Beggs Demons were represented by Levi Bouse, Cade Furer and Garrett Pendergrass, and they were joined by the Preston Pirates’ Eugene Kahbeah and Dakota Ray and the Okmulgee Bulldogs’ Jacob Barrett and Tyler Robol. Beggs made the Class 3A state tournament, falling 8-7 to Marlow and finishing with a 28-6 record. On the softball side of the diamond sports, Beggs was represented by Madeline Nuckolls, Lindsi Spring and Mallorie Wilburn; the 28-13 Lady Demons made their first state title appearance this season, falling 18-1 in the Class 5A first round to Tahlequah Sequoyah. The Morris Lady Eagles also made the 5A state tournament, they crushed Kellyville 27-2 before getting stopped 12-2 in the semifinals by Chandler. Colby Christian, Justice Frazier and Nakyla Monahawee led the Lady Eagles to a 34-3 record. Three Dewar Lady Dragons were also present on the All-Region squad: Morgan Britt, Deljah Jackson and Skyler Randall.

The Henryetta Knights dominated the tennis squad, for the boys Kanon Bailey, Jarett Day, Tyger Freeman, Jordan Knox, Keaton Lollis and Colton Wion were named, while Summer Bryant, Bailey Davis, Haley Glass, Rachel Montgomery, Fallon Rodgers and Natalie Smith represented the Lady Knights. At the Class 4A state tournament in Oklahoma City, Smith finished fourth in No. 2 singles, while Bryant and Montgomery also earned fourth place in No. 1 doubles. Knox was fifth in boys No. 2 singles, and Bailey and Lollis earned fourth place in doubles.

Morris’ Kamarie Wallace was the lone county athlete to make either All-Region track team, as she won bronze in the 3A 100 meter hurdles.

Beggs’ McKenzie McCoy and Clay White made the girls’ and boys’ All-Region golf teams, respectively, while McCoy was joined by Henryettans Abby Green and Nicole Robertson. McCoy also made All-State after finishing third place during the state tournament, while Henryetta was fifth in the team competition.       

Founded in Tulsa by former TU football player Austin Chadwick, VYPE Magazine covers high school sports in four states, broken into at least sixteen separate regional magazines.  

 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:08

Blood drive coming to Okmulgee June 29

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI), together with the Muscogee Creek Nation Medical Center, will be holding a blood drive for healthy adults at 1401 Morris Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29. Adult donors must be 18 years old and they must weigh 110 pounds to qualify, there are varying restrictions on which 16-17 year olds may donate.

Donors will receive a voucher for two free tickets to Safari Joe’s H2O Water Park (formerly Big Splash) in Tulsa, in addition to a free T-shirt.

OBI Tulsa Executive Director Jan Laub said that while “families get busy with vacations and activities during the summer,” the need for blood remains constant. “Giving just an hour of your time will make a life-saving difference for someone in our community during these critical summer months.”

OBI supplies more than 160 hospitals and medical facilities across the state, relying on about 1,200 volunteers a day. Blood may be donated every 56 days, while platelets can be donated up to 24 times a year. Those with negative blood types are especially encouraged to donate, as there is a scarcity of this type.

Appointments are not required, but may be scheduled at the OBI website or by calling 877-340-8777.

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By Wesley Coburn - ONN

The ninth annual Beggs Car Show was held Saturday at First Baptist Church South, with participants coming from all over Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Missouri, with entries ranging from a 1928 Ford Model A to brand-new Corvettes and Camaros, and everything in between – pickups, coupes and convertibles included.

For Kellyville resident Don Kuehn, restoring his 1966 Ford Mustang was a labor of love.

“I redid the upholstery covering on my living room floor,”said Kuehn.

Kuehn restored the car as a retirement project about seven years ago, and he estimated this was his fifth time attending this specific show. “I like the people here.”

Barbecue, fried catfish and roasted corn was available for hungry attendees.

Trophies were awarded to the top fifty cars entered, as well as the top five motorcycles. There were eleven specialty awards given out as well.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:02

Creek Nation interns go through orientation

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

For the college students and recent graduates in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s College Work Experience internship program, they have the opportunity to get full-time work experience in their field of study over the summer while being paid through a tribal grant.

There are around a dozen participants this summer, nine of whom attended an orientation session Monday at the Department of Education and Training on the MCN campus. Workforce Development Coordinator Jessina McBee outlined the guidelines and expectations for the program, which in addition to workplace performance, includes volunteering at the upcoming Muscogee Creek Festival and visiting important sites of Creek culture and history.

Oklahoma State seniors Jacob Swarer, mechanical engineering major, and Easton Rogers, hotel and restaurant administration major, aren’t sure exactly what they would hope to be doing job-wise once they graduate, but they have dream jobs identified. ”I’d like to work at a car company, I think that’d be fun,”

Swarer said, while Rogers isn’t exactly sure what she would enjoy, she thinks she would “like to open maybe a restaurant, a café, something small.” For the duration of the CWE program, Swarer is working at a small manufacturing company in Tulsa, while Rogers is working at a water park in Eufaula. Roughly half the participants are working for the tribe in some capacity.

Creative Oklahoma is partnering with Cross Sector Innovations to support the Oklahoma Creative Communities (OCC) initiative. Creative Oklahoma launched OCC in 2016 with the vision of ensuring Oklahoma communities are supported in their efforts to implement local solutions to local challenges.Creative Oklahoma Logo

Okmulgee is one of eight communities participating in the initiative, along with Altus, Durant, Enid, Guthrie, Locust Grove, Ponca City and Tahlequah.

“Creative Oklahoma is excited to support the work of participating communities,” stated Susan McCalmont, president of Creative Oklahoma. “We offer a variety of resources, including a creative problem-solving tool, a facilitator, training opportunities, peer learning, support for grant-seeking and access to additional technical expertise as needed.”

Oklahoma communities exemplify creative problem-solving and the ability to develop innovative solutions. Creative thinkers and problem-solvers can learn a great deal from their success.

“Census data tells us that rural communities are more entrepreneurial than urban areas. There are times, however, when resources outside of the community are not accessible or responsive to local needs,” said Ed Long, principal of Cross Sector Innovations. “We look forward to connecting communities to additional outside resources as they move ideas to action.”

Strawberry Olive is the Creative Oklahoma facilitator providing support to the efforts underway in Okmulgee. “Communities collaborate to create the vision of the future. I use the gardening analogy,” said Olive. “The community is like a garden, changing with the seasons. The gardeners are members of the community, all of whom have the vision of what the garden will be used for. Sometimes the ideas need tools they don't have in the garden shed. As a facilitator, our role is to help provide those tools to build the garden.”

Participating communities will share their experiences and insight with other communities and creative thinkers throughout the state contributing to Oklahoma’s culture of creativity and innovation.

More information on this and other Creative Oklahoma initiatives can be found at www.stateofcreativity.com.

About Creative Oklahoma

Creative Oklahoma is a statewide non-profit organization advancing Oklahoma's economy through innovation-focused initiatives in education, commerce and culture. The mission is to develop, promote and celebrate Oklahoma's creativity and innovation in education, commerce and culture. For more information, please visit www.stateofcreativity.com.

About Cross Sector Innovations

Cross Sector Innovations (CSI) drives social innovation by bringing together business, government and nonprofit resources for creative solutions to community and statewide challenges. CSI promotes more efficient use of resources across sectors for improving outcomes in Oklahoma. More information can be found at www.crosssectorinnovations.org.

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