Okmulgee in the News
The Patriot Guard was in Okmulgee to honor a military man.
Donald William Slape, a former resident of Okmulgee, passed away Thursday, February 28. He served in the United States Army and was a devoted member to the Creoks Mental Health Services in Okmulgee.
Funeral services were held in Okmulgee on March 6..
Military Honors were conducted by the United States Army and the Patriot Guard assisted with pallbearers and procession.
(Paul Orosco - Videographer)
Okmulgee YMCA is raising funds for their facility in their 2013 campaign.
Each week volunteers for the Okmulgee YMCA meet to turn in their campaign donations they have solicited and received from businesses and individuals from Okmulgee County.
The campaign is going well, but more funds will be needed to support the YMCA's efforts. A lot if new equipment was purchased from last years contributions. There are high hopes to improve the center with this years funding in order to keep Okmulgee with the latest family recreation facility.
In the following film clip is Angel Smith from the YMCA and Rundy Patterson. Chair Persons for the 2013 campaign.
City Manager Bob Baxter covered a major problem that lays within the city water distribution system at the last Okmulgee City Council meeting. (Pictured) Is a piece of rusted pipe cut from part of the Okmulgee water system that Baxter brought for example.
This has been the root of the brown water problem that Okmulgee has been dealing with for some time. The pipes have been in service since the 1920’s and are a common problem that most cities, if not all cities face.
The new federal stimulus law provides $6 billion for water projects, with $2 billion of that directed to drinking water systems. But that money is only, well, a drop in the bucket: a report released last month by the E.P.A. estimated that the nation’s drinking water systems require an investment of $334.8 billion over the next two decades, with most of the money needed to improve transmission and distribution systems. The dangers of the nation’s aging plumbing are everywhere.
The fix will not be cheap, quick or easy. Okmulgee has around 153 miles of pipe in the city for water service. The problem has literally been underlying for many years and the City is now delving into a solution as they address the issue.
The oldest cast-iron pipes, dating to the late 1800s, have an average useful life of about 120 years. For cast- iron pipes installed in the 1920s, that drops to about 100 years. And pipes put in after World War II has an average life of only around 75 years. The consequence is that all three vintages of pipe need replacement in a short period of time when looking at the task of what it takes to replace them.
Approximately 60 halves of beef that were born and raised in Okmulgee County will be sold at the Beef Carcass sale at the Okmulgee Fairgrounds Mar. 21 at 7 p.m. These calves have been fed specifically for this program by 4-H and FFA members in Okmulgee County.
For more information contact Doug Maxey at 918.756.1958