Okmulgee in the News
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.
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
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
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:
Okmulgee YMCA Swim Team Publicity
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.
Okmulgee Memorial Hospital
Helps Boost Summer Blood Supply – July 8
The need for blood doesn’t take a vacation. Yet, fewer people typically donate during the summer, according to Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). Okmulgee Memorial Hospital has stepped up to help with a community blood drive 2 to 5:30 pm, July 8, in the OBI bloodmobile parked at the hospital, 1401 Morris Dr. Anyone who is healthy and 16 years or older* is encouraged to give.
Each donor will receive two free tickets to the Tulsa Zoo, a “Feel Fierce” T-shirt, free health screenings and Donor Rewards points.
“For patients in need of blood, there’s no summer vacation,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and chief executive officer. “That’s why it’s crucial that blood donors take just an hour to donate blood. The lives of our friends, co-workers and neighbors may depend on it.”
Through a special initiative to support the Global Blood Fund (GBF), any donor can forgo the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving. In turn, funds so designated will then be contributed to GBF for supplies and equipment for blood centers in the world’s poorest countries.
Oklahoma Blood Institute is the eighth largest, non-profit blood center in America, providing every drop of blood needed by patients in 144 medical facilities across Oklahoma, including Okmulgee Memorial Hospital.
Appointments are not necessary, but can be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting www.obi.org.
* 16 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission, 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds, 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.
Okmulgee Memorial Hospital (OMH) has expanded their area of service with the addition of a medical detox program called Impact Detox. The detox treatment program handles medical stabilization for short term drug and alcohol detox for adults.
The hospital has always handled patients when withdrawal symptoms arise, however by developing this unique program, the hospital staff now provides a specialized service to recognize the onset of symptoms earlier and can better handle patients going through withdrawal. The doctors and nurses follow strict medical protocols to allow a patient to detox safely and comfortably during acute withdrawal.
Quitting drugs or alcohol abruptly can be very dangerous and even life threatening. No one should try to do it alone. Depending on the level of addiction, drug and/or alcohol withdrawals may include: seizures, hallucinations, sweating, chills, tremors, confusion, cramps, body aches and pains, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, runny nose, fever and could result in cardiac arrest, even death. In addition to physical withdrawal symptoms, indicators can manifest emotionally through depression, anxiety, nervousness, volatile mood swings and suicidal thoughts.
If you or someone you know is in need of a detox program, the hospital staff at OMH can quickly make an assessment of needs, admit a person to the hospital during a critical time if necessary, complete a medical and physical workup and take a patient through a safe and comfortable detox. The detox treatment last on average from three to five days and is covered by most insurance companies and by Medicare and Medicaid. The hospital also accepts private pay. Educated and supportive staff will help each person upon discharge to take the next step in their recovery process by assisting them to enroll in a recovery program.
Impact Detox is located in Okmulgee Hospital at 1400 Morris Drive in Okmulgee and their number is 918.758.3263
The Detox Center is located on the second floor of Okmulgee Memorial Hospital.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held today on the Harmon Track and Field renovation project. Okmulgee Public Schools superintendent Tod Williams welcomed the members of the Okmulgee School Board, members of the Okmulgee Education Foundation and other community leaders.
Okmulgee School Board president, Mark Tuggle praised the Okmulgee Education Foundation for continuing their partnership with the schools and endorsing the emphasis on academics, athletic and attitude.
Rod Wiemer, school board member and Mr. Williams updated those present on the ongoing projects in the school district, including the adoption of the “Bulldog Academy” format for Okmulgee High School. The science labs and art room renovation are nearing completion at that site as well. The breezeway connecting the buildings at Okmulgee Primary is complete along with a new asphalted parking lot. Work will begin soon on the expansion of the Library at Okmulgee Middle School to be followed by a new roof at that site.
Okmulgee Elementary and Brock Gymnasium have ongoing security updates in process. All buses in the district have radios for direct communication with all school sites.
Today’s groundbreaking kicks off renovations at historic Harmon Stadium. The new track field house construction is underway. Over the next few weeks, the existing track will be removed and a curbed 8 lane track will be constructed.
The existing grass football field will be removed and after installation of drainage and underlayment, a synthetic turf will be installed. This new surface will allow for the field to be used for vast variety of events including marching band practices and competitions, Okmulgee Junior Football League, it will be marked for soccer use and will be usable for events like Relay for Life and Special Olympics.
Harmon Stadium will be the practice and game facility that will be the home of the Okmulgee Bulldog football programs for grades 6-12. The field is scheduled to be complete and ready for play of the Okmulgee Bulldog’s home opening game on September 6, 2013.