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Monday, 01 July 2013 21:27

Crop weather for July 1

Hot and Windy

Oklahoma City, OK - Summer heat was experienced most of the week, with a
high of 111 at Freedom on Thursday and heat indexes reaching over 100
degrees across the state, according to today's Oklahoma Crop Weather
report issued by the USDA-NASS Oklahoma Field Office. Severe wind gusts
on Thursday were measured as high as 72 mph by Mesonet, with sustained
winds of over 40 mph across northern Oklahoma. Thursday's wind storm
brought rainfall to only isolated locations in the Panhandle and North
Central districts. Hot and dry conditions allowed for significant
progress in the wheat harvest, and the canola harvest was almost
complete by the end of the week. Row crop condition ratings declined
slightly as the wind further depleted soil moisture and also negatively
affected pasture and grassland. Concerns about grasshoppers continued to
be reported. Cooler temperatures arrived on Sunday to end the week.
Topsoil moisture conditions declined from the previous week without
significant additional moisture, with almost half of the state rated as
adequate. Subsoil moisture conditions were rated 43 percent adequate and
57 percent short to very short. There were 6.7 days suitable for

Small Grains: Harvest of all small grains made substantial progress.
Wheat harvest was 84 percent complete by Sunday, 10 points behind the
five-year average. Rye harvested was 78 percent complete by week's end,
12 points behind normal. Virtually all oats were in the soft dough stage
by the end of the week and 73 percent of oats were harvested by Sunday,
16 points behind the five-year average.

Virtually all canola was harvested by the end of the week.

Row Crops: Corn and peanuts were rated mostly in good condition, while
sorghum and cotton were rated mostly good to fair. Corn silking was 23
percent complete by the end of the week, 25 points below the five-year
average. Sorghum planting was 90 percent complete by Sunday and 70
percent had emerged. Soybean seedbed preparation was 97 percent
complete, and 78 percent had been planted. Soybeans emerged was 59
percent complete by the end of the week, 21 points below normal. Peanuts
pegging was 33 percent complete by Sunday. Cotton planting was 96
percent complete and 70 percent had emerged by Sunday. Cotton squaring
was 15 percent complete by week's end.

Watermelons running vines was 93 percent complete. Fifty-eight percent
of the crop was setting fruit, eight points behind normal.

Hay: Conditions of alfalfa and other hay were rated mostly good to fair.
Sunny and dry conditions allowed for significant progress in cutting of
alfalfa and other hay. A second cutting of alfalfa hay was 62 percent
complete by the end of the week. A first cutting of other hay was 75
percent complete, and a small portion of a second cutting was complete
by Sunday.

Pasture and Livestock: Conditions of pasture and range were rated mostly
good to fair. Livestock was rated mostly in good condition, with 29
percent rated in fair condition.

Charlie Hanger arresting officer of OKC bomber Timothy McVeigh tells his story

The Lions club meeting had the interest of many, and for good reason.  Guest Speaker Charlie Hanger, the arresting officer of Timothy McVeigh, would tell the details of what transpired during the time of the arrest.

Once the usual banter of the Lions had calmed to a light roar, the usual meeting details were cut short giving enough time for Hanger to tell his story.  Member Dean Craig took the podium and asked Sheriff Eddy Rice to introduce their guest.  

                                                                              Photo by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer

Sheriff Rice thanked the Lions Club and spoke of his admiration towards Sheriff Hanger stating that, “ Law enforcement is a calling that not everyone can do, but when the job is done well it needs recognition…if it were not for Charlie Hanger’s dedication to serving the public and making critical quick decisions as he was trained to do, crimes, such as the one in which he apprehended McVeigh, would never be solved.

Hanger took the podium and with a captured audience began to unveil the events that transpired the day he made a routine traffic stop that would in turn put the Timothy McVeigh, the man who detonated a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995 taking the lives of 168 people and injuring more than 680, behind bars and to the death chamber.

Hanger counted that day to be Divine intervention that took place with the help of taking good traffic enforcement measures.  He began his morning early and was heading east on Hwy 64.  Shortly after he walked into OKC Troop headquarters on the Cimarron turnpike and instantly heard the dispatchers sending numerous units to the OKC downtown area, one after the other.  We knew something was going on, but we did not know what.  

“We turned on the television at the headquarters and seen the coverage that most people were seeing at the time, the Murrah building, a third of it was gone,” Hanger said.   “Cars parked across the street were on fire, total chaos. I was thinking to myself, many people must have been injured or killed, but never did I think it was an act of terrorism.”

See the full testimony and hear the rest of what happened than day in this video filmed at the Okmulgee Lions Club.  (Produced by ONN)  http://youtu.be/_A15X2Zo-Ug


Sunday, 30 June 2013 13:16

Meet Mr. and Mrs. "We Can"

Meet Mr. and Mrs. "We Can" at the Okmulgee Garden Center

Yes there are still plenty of garden plots available at the Okmulgee Community Garden.  You still have time to grow your own garden items as you see here in the photos.  You can pick up an application up at the Okmulgee Health Department or attend the next garden meeting on July 11 at the Okmulgee County Health Department. Come reserve your plot for the summer.

The Okmulgee Community Garden was started by Dr. Ed Osborn and the Healthy Lifestyles Committee of the Okmulgee County Wellness Coalition. The community garden is now organized by Okmulgee Community Garden Committee Chair- Bob Seebeck along with many other volunteers.

If you have any questions, please contact Bobby Howard (918)756-1883 x139 or 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.







Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer

East Central Electric is celebrating it's 75th Anniversary
Luncheon and reception held

(L-R) State Rep. Steve Kouplen reads proclamation allowed, Loyl Hobbs accepting award for ECE, State Rep. Jerry Shoemake and State Senator Roger Ballenger.  Photo by Paul Orosco - ONN

In 1938, 10 men envisioned a rural area free of limitation that darkness put on the Oklahoma farmer. So those men filed East Central Electric’s Articles of Incorporation to initiate the first stepping stone to bring power to the people of rural Oklahoma.

Now, East Central Electric is celebrating the cooperative’s 75th anniversary and the many stepping stones they have encountered along the way to get them where they are today.

Today East Central Electric employees and guests celebrated the cooperative’s 75th anniversary with a lunch and reception recognizing the cooperative’s commitment to the members they serve.

Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce President Mark Mabrey made a presentation to ECE President of the board of trustees Lowell Hobbs along with presentations and proclamation from City of Okmulgee’s Mayor Steven Baldridge, Muscogee Creek Nation National Council Member Sam Alexander, Senator Roger Ballenger and Representatives Steve Kouplen and Jerry Shoemake.

Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer

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ECE would like to thank the Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce, Okmulgee Association of Economic Development Committee and Muscogee Creek Nation for making the employee luncheon and reception possible.

Okmulgee Public Library
Children's Summer Reading Programs
Kirsten, Queen of Theatre will lead the children that attend the Summer Reading program on July 3, at the Okmulgee Public Library, as they learn to act out fairy tales.  David O'dell, her new bard will entertain with music, music and more music!
Children ages 5-12 are welcome to sign up and attend this interactive program.  Sign up for the 1:00 or 2:30 program by calling 918-756-1448 or visit the library at 218 S. Okmulgee.
Kirsten will have children join her in acting out the stories that we all know and love.  You know how children giggle and glow when a performer shares the stage and allows them to act, sing and dance?  That is exactly what happens with "Kristen, Queen of Theatre!"
Summer reading programs encourage children to read, and read often, and incentives offered during summer reading programs encourage reluctant readers.  Previous research has shown that the amount of time children spend with books is crucial to reading achievement, and ultimately, to school achievement in general.  Children's Summer Reading Programs really do make a difference in your child's back to school readiness.
Children that bring a list of the books they have read during the week can take a trip to the Treasure Chest after the program on Wednesday!
July 10th Michael King "The Underground Juggler" will be at the library.  Dig Into READING!

Long-lost pieces discovered at State Capitol during
historical restoration project

Nearly one hundred years after beautifully ornate light fixtures were installed in the Senate Chamber, 11 of the original 20 fixtures have been discovered in attic space above the sixth floor of the Capitol.  The artifacts were discovered during the ongoing historic restoration of a large conference room on the fifth floor that had been divided up into small offices decades ago.  In connection with the project, Senate Information Systems Director John Warren was moving computer cables above the fifth floor ceiling and happened to notice an opening to a long-forgotten part of the attic.  That led to the discovery of the fixtures.
Dr. Bob Blackburn, Executive Director of the Oklahoma State Historical Society said a black and white photo of the chamber from 1918 helped confirm they were the original fixtures, or sconces.   He said the discovery was important for the historic preservation of the State Capitol, the symbol of unity for Oklahoma.
“When you think about our history, what connects the people in Cimarron County with the people of McCurtain County?  What connects all of our communities together?  The symbol is the State Capitol itself,” Blackburn said.  “We don’t have an Alamo.  We don’t have battlefields.  We have the State Capitol.”
The discovery of the sconces comes just one year before the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the Capitol, which was completed in 1917.  Over the next several decades, numerous changes were made to the building, with little or no concern about the original architectural designs.  Hallways, conference rooms and other spaces were turned into offices.   Stained glass was hidden by lower ceilings installed to conceal air conditioning ducts and other modernizations.  The original sconces were eventually replaced with fluorescent lighting.  
In the late 1980’s, a major historic restoration project was undertaken during the administration of then-governor Henry Bellmon.  A mini-grand staircase that had long been covered up and turned into offices, was uncovered and restored to help commemorate the centennial of the Land Run of 1889.  Four years later Sen. Charles Ford led a project to restore the Senate Chamber.
“We looked and looked and looked when we restored the chamber in ’93, looking for these fixtures, or at least one of them,” said Ford.  The search ended in disappointment.
Paul Meyer, managing member of M A+ Architecture, was the Capitol architect at that time.  He called the discovery of the original Senate Chamber sconces “fantastic.”
“When we restored the Senate Chamber in 1993…we did not have the budget to replicate these light fixtures even though we had the original drawings,” Meyer said.  “We replicated as closely as we could, but they weren’t anywhere near as magnificent as these are.”
Trait Thompson serves as Vice Chair of the Capitol Preservation Commission, which was formed more than 30 years ago with the mission of overseeing the preservation and restoration of the building.  He said finding the original sconces was one more important step in restoring the building.
“There is value in honoring the history of the State of Oklahoma,” Thompson said.  “We have this beautiful building here that was completed in 1917 that really speaks to the spirit of Oklahoma.  Any time you can restore any part of the building to its original condition, it’s a good thing.”
Blackburn noted other original pieces from the Senate Chamber, such as the floor lamps, still need to be found.  He’s hopeful other artifacts will be discovered.
“Someone in 20 years may find something else,” Blackburn said.  “Maybe in someone’s attic, maybe in someone’s garage or basement.”   
But for now, he’s excited the sconces have been found.  “At this one moment in time, we can reach out and touch one of the original pieces of the fabric of the building.”

Okmulgee High School and Middle School Cheer squads are selling fireworks at 4th & Wood dr. to raise money for new OMS uniforms!  The public is invited to come support the bulldog cheerleaders & buy your fireworks from them.

Cheerleader send out: "Go Bulldogs!!!"

On July 13, at 7pm the Okmulgee Varsity Cheer will be performing at a Tulsa Shock game at the BOK center!!!  

You may purchase a $10 ticket & watch the girls perform during halftime of the game.

Stop by the Fireworks stand for details.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 08:14

YMCA Swim Team Kicks Off Season

The 2013 Okmulgee YMCA Swim Team is now two meets into their season and has increased in size by double the number of swimmers from 2012.  The team is comprised of a strong returning group and a group of eager youngsters ready to learn.

The first meet, held at Tulsa Park’s Reed Pool on Monday, June 17th started the season.  Team results are as follows:
Mixed 15-18 year old 200 Meter Free Relay
1st Place – Cody Jackson
          Gage Thomason
          Seth Roberts
             Clint Newton

Girls 7-8 year old 25 Meter Free
4th Place – Piper Nix
5th Place – Leslie Abbott

Girls 9-10 year old 25 Meter Free
6th Place – Abigail Force
9th Place – Erin Howell
10th Place – Madison Parsons

Boys 9-10 year old 25 Meter Free
8th Place – Noah Matthews

Girls 11-12 year old 50 Meter Free
10th Place – Savannah Baldridge

                                                                           Veteran swimmer, Clint Newton prepares for his 50 Meter

                                                                           Freestyle race.

Boys 11-12 year old 50 Meter Free
2nd Place – Gage Thomason
9th Place – Seneca Roach
10th Place – Jesse Roach

Boys 13-14 year old 50 Meter Free
4th Place – Seth Roberts

Boys 15-18 year old 50 Meter Free
1st Place – Clint Newton
2nd Place – Cody Jackson

Girls 7-8 year old 25 Meter Back
4th Place – Piper Nix
5th Place – Kylie Force

Girls 9-10 year old 25 Meter Back
4th Place – Abigail Force
7th Place – Madison Parsons

Girls 11-12 year old 50 Meter Back
2nd Place – Savannah Baldridge

Boys 11-12 year old 50 Meter Back
1st Place – Gage Thomason

Girls 9-10 year old 25 Meter Breast
5th Place – Erin Howell
8th Place – Madison Parsons

Boys 9-10 year old 25 Meter Breast
8th Place – Noah Matthews

Boys 11-12 year old 50 Meter Breast
3rd Place – Gage Thomason
8th Place – Jesse Roach
9th Place – Seneca Roach

Boys 13-14 year old 50 Meter Breast
4th Place – Seth Roberts

Boys 15-18 year old 50 Meter Breast
1st Place – Cody Jackson

Boys 15-18 year old 50 Meter Fly
1st Place – Clint Newton

                                                                                        Eleven year old Gage Thomason, surveys the pool

                                                                                        before his first race of the 2013 season.

For more information contact:
Amy Nix
Okmulgee YMCA Swim Team Publicity
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Edward Jones Branch Ranks No. 1 in
Client Service Excellence for the Region

Terry Dillsaver and Lisa Totty of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Okmulgee recently received the firm's Client Service Excellence award for being the No. 1 client service provider in their region and in the top 25 percent of client service providers in the country.

"We are honored to receive this award," Terry said. "The Client Service Excellence award is special because it is a direct reflection of the relationships we have with our clients."

Jim Weddle, Edward Jones' managing partner, added, "Terry & Lisa are outstanding members of the Edward Jones team. While all of our associates understand the value of client service, it's obvious that they have been striving to provide the best service for their clients."

This honor was bestowed upon the team based on the results of a survey in which random clients were asked to rank the service they received from the teams of their local Edward Jones branch offices.

Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals -- from college savings to retirement -- and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.

In January 2013, for the 14th year, Edward Jones was named one of the best companies to work for by FORTUNE Magazine in its annual listing. The firm ranked No. 8 overall. These 14 FORTUNE rankings include 10 top-10 finishes, consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003, and consecutive No. 2 rankings in 2009 and 2010. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones.

Edward Jones is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

Sapulpa’s only live theater venue, located at 124 S. Water Street, is proud to announce its 35th  Season.    The SCT Board of Directors approved a 2013-2014 season that opens October 4-6 and 11-13 with the comedy by Phil Stong, “State Fair” (adapted by McMahon & Sergel) , director Todd Campbell.

“Every Christmas Story Every Told (and then some)” a comedy, by Michael Carlton, James Fitzgerald and John Alkvarez,  director Sherry Whisman -  December 6-8 and 13-15

“Etcetera, etcetera” Original play(s) by local playwright(s), director tbd - February 7-9 and 14-16

 “Death of a Salesman”, a drama, by Arthur Miller, director Kathryn Hartney - April 25-27 and May 2-4

 “Quilters”, a musical, by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashak, director Iris Ballou - June 20-22 and 27-29

In addition to a five-play season, SCT will be presenting 2 additional fundraising productions.

Tickets are now available by calling the theatre at 227-2169.  Season tickets are just $45.00 for adults and $22.50 for students.  Tickets at the door for season shows remain at $10.00 and $5.00.  SCT is dedicated to proudly serving the Sapulpa area with quality entertainment for local audiences and a creative experience for local actors, directors, and craftspeople.

SCT is a non-profit organization and operates from a budget based on grants, sponsorships, attendance and donor gifting.  Yearly memberships to the theatre are $50.00.  Season ticket holders and the membership participate in voting for favorite production, actors and director at season end:  this year’s Awards Gala will be held at the theater on Saturday, July 20th, from 6:30 – 9:30 and is by invitation.  

Sapulpa Community Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and supported in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council.