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The Rotary Club was pleased to host the winners of its recent 4-Way Test Speech Contest at its weekly meeting.  Shown with President-Elect Daryl Raley are Okmulgee High School Speech and Drama Coach Skyleen Willingham, 2nd place winner, Kandace Johnson, 1st place winner, Lindzey Lee, and 3rd place winner, Ryon Davis.  Lindzey presented her award winning speech on the 4-Way Test, as applied to Social Media.  A video of her speech will be entered into the District contest, where a winner of a $1,000 cash prize will be announced in late April.  Runner-ups will receive $350 each.  The club thanks all 9 students who participated in the local contest.  All their takes on applying the 4-Way Test were original and well-thought out.


Brenda Brewer, (center) Director of the Okmulgee Homeless Shelter, was the guest of Rotarian of the Day Curtis Bundy (right).  Brenda gave the group an update on the opening of the new Thrift Store on 6th Street.  They are still accepting donations at the new location until a manager is hired and the store can be officially opened.  She also shared statistics on their clients, of which the majority are Caucasian or American Indian between the ages of 31 to 50.   Although every case is different, besides providing room and board and basic necessities, the shelter assists clients in finding employment and permanent housing in addition to coordinating medical or counseling services.  Brenda acknowledges the majority of the homeless cases in our County are a result of drug abuse, many times complicated by mental illness.  Also shown is Rotary President Felicia Wittman.

Lions Clubs world-wide recognizes outstanding individuals by bestowing on them an award that is named for its founder, Melvin Jones. This award is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism. The recipient of this award becomes a model of exemplary service to his/her club and the community which it serves. The Melvin Jones Fellowship Award is a nation-wide award and requires a $1,000.00 donation to the Lions Clubs International Foundation. On Saturday, February 18, Okmulgee Lions Beth Flud and Dan Anderson were presented the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award by Lions International President, Chancellor Bob Corlew of Tennessee, during the joint Districts 3-K and 3-L Convention celebrating Lions' 100 years of service at the Lake Murray Lodge in Ardmore. They become the 20th and 21st Lions members to be honored by our club with the Melvin Jones Award. "WE SERVE".
(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig).

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Pictured left to right: District Governor Greg Walker, Seminole: Lions International President Bob Corlew; Lion Beth Flud; Past International Director Pat Shurley, Edmond; Past International Director George Hazelbaker, Duncan; and Past International Director Hal Long, Garber.

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Pictured left to right: Lions International President Bob Corlew; Lion Dan Anderson; Past International Director Pat Shurley, Edmond; Past International Director George Hazelbaker, Duncan; and Past International Director Hal Long, Garber.

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..


Three groups (Trinity Lutheran Church, Lions Club, and Rotary Club) combined their efforts on Wednesday to build a handicap ramp for Mr. and Mrs. Fred Landgraf, a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and retired OSUIT groundskeeper (but many people will remember Fred for raising chickens for their egg production).  Along with a little fun, laughter, bantering of each other, and hard work, they managed to complete the project in a timely manner.  What a blessing to be able to help someone who has given so much to this community.  A big THANK YOU to the seven workers who volunteered their time and skills to complete this project.  When a need is known, there are no boundaries.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Pictured, left to right: R.C. Morrow (Lions Club), Jerry Remington (Trinity Lutheran Church member), Dan Anderson (Lions Club), Pastor Chris Tiews (Trinity Lutheran Church and Lions Club), David Fetgatter (Trinity Lutheran Church and Lions Club), Pastor Charlie Green (First Christian Church and Rotary Club member), and Raymond Kennedy (Lions Club).

(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig (Lions Club).

(SAPULPA, OK – February 27, 2017) Spring in Sapulpa means garage sales, yard sales and rummage sales and Creek County Literacy Program is planning the 5th Annual Indoor Rummage Sale Thursday and Friday, May 4-5 from 9am to 3pm! 100% of the proceeds from the sale benefit the programs of CCLP.
“As residents do their spring cleaning and decluttering, we ask that they consider donating clean, gently used items to our sale,” said Melissa Struttmann, Executive Director.
All donations are tax deductible. Items can be dropped off at Creek County Literacy Program, 15 North Poplar Street in Sapulpa from 9am-5pm Monday through Thursday. Donated items should be clean, gently used and in working order. Please Note: CCLP is NOT accepting clothing items. Any unsold items will be donated to a local charity. The following items are sought:
Household: Kitchen items, dishes, kitchen appliances, home décor, holiday decorations, linens, small furniture, small exercise equipment

Books: Hardback, paperback, baby books, youth books, adult books
Electronics: Radios, computers, small appliances, gadgets, DVDs, CDs
Toys: Games, baby gear, etc.

Last year’s Rummage Sale raised over $1,000, helping further the Mission of CCLP – to help every child and adult in Creek County to read through tutoring, technology and health literacy outreaches. For more information, please call 918-224-9647.

About Creek County Literacy Program

For 28 years Creek County Literacy Program has worked to improve the quality of life in our community by promoting and achieving literacy. One in six adults 18 to 24 years old in our county do not have a high school diploma. One in nine adults 25 years of age and older in our county do not have a high school diploma. Thirty-six percent of students K-3 in our county are receiving reading remediation. Through extensive outreach and collaboration with a network of community partners, CCLP strives to ensure that individuals who need to improve their literacy skills receive the help they need. CCLP’s Mission is to help every child and adult in Creek County to read through tutoring, technology and health literacy outreaches. CCLP’s Vision is for every child and adult in Creek County to read proficiently.

Alcohol Compliance Checks Conducted in Okmulgee County

Youth obtain alcohol from many sources including friends, parents, and other relatives, strangers, stealing it, and purchasing it themselves. One of the risk factors on the 2014 Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment (OPNA) is the perceived availability of drugs in their community. Forty-three percent of Okmulgee County Seniors feel drugs are easily obtained in their community. It is important for adults to take the responsibility of preventing access to alcohol for youth.

One form of preventing youth from obtaining alcohol is to ensure local alcohol retailers are not selling to minors. On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Program, the Regional Prevention Coordinator (RPC), funded by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, ABLE Commission, Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office and the District 25 Drug Task Force performed alcohol compliance checks at Okmulgee County alcohol/3.2 beer vendors. During these checks, a youth attempted to purchase alcohol or 3.2 beer from a vendor with an undercover police officer present inside the establishment.

During the February 16, 2017 alcohol compliance checks, thirty vendors were checked. Three convenience stores sold 3.2 beer to the minor, and one alcohol vendor served alcohol to the minor.

Adults within Okmulgee County, including alcohol vendors, need to set a clear precedent that alcohol use by minors will not be accepted. By not allowing youth to have alcohol, it is helping to prevent addiction and other substance abuse issues. If you are a vendor, who would like to be trained, or have staff trained in Responsible Beverage Service and Sales (RBSS), or if you a community member who would like to help prevent substance abuse in Okmulgee County, contact DFC Coordinator Aaron Graffman or RPC Director Margaret Black at (918)756-1248.

By Betty Anderson

The City of Okmulgee took over the operation of the parks at Lake Okmulgee and Dripping Springs Lake in April of 2016. No drastic changes were made in the first season; however, after reviewing the income and expense of operating the parks, the City has decided to make a small change. The City Council voted to approve to establish a boat ramp fee of $2.00. This would be for any type of water craft that would be launched from any of the boat ramps on both lakes. Iron Rangers, a self-serve pay station used on many lakes, would be installed at each ramp with a sign and envelopes for collection of the fee. When the Iron Rangers are installed, the fee will then become effective. This small fee is another way for the City to help offset the cost for the operation of the park facilities.

Additionally at the meeting, Council declared a 2015 Sea Born FX22 boat and a 2014 Yamaha F22 boat motor as surplus property. The City Manager will be responsible for selling the surplus property. The boat was too big for use on the lake and with the sale of the boat and motor the city hopes to purchase a boat more appropriate in size for the City to use at the lake.

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Above are samples of Collection Envelopes and Iron Ranger Pay Stations from other Lakes

One man’s trash is still sometimes just one man’s trash

By Betty Anderson

The City Council approved the awarding of a contract for trash removal for privately owned properties located throughout the City to Josh Nichols d/b/a Nichols Lawn & Trash Service.

A total of forty-three (43) property owners were notified for having excessive trash accumulation on their properties. Only 14 of the 43 owners cleaned up the excess trash leaving twenty-nine (29) left to be removed by the City contract. The contract prices for the trash removal for the properties range from $100.00 to $1,200.

It benefits the owner to remove their own trash before abatement. The property owners will have to pay the cost of the removal plus $125 administrative fee is charged to the owner.

It is possible that even more may be dealt with by the owners prior to actual clean-up by the contractor.

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By Betty Anderson

Okmulgee City Council reported that a piece of property which was donated to the City of Okmulgee in 2011 and was declared surplus in 2013 is to be sold. In 2016 the City paid for the dilapidated structure on the property to be removed at a cost of $15,000. Since this property abuts property owned by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, MCN is interested in buying the property as a building site. The City Manager, Roger Ballenger, has reviewed the Conditional Real Estate Purchase Agreement and the purchase price will reimburse the City for the cost of work related to the property.

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The Community Development Department reported they issued permits for one (1) new home, six (6) additions/remodels and five (5) commercial constructions. They have done 147 inspections. New commercial construction “Great Clips” on Wood Drive is complete. The Mac is 90% complete. Dr. Mount’s house on Mission is 20% complete.

Code Enforcement Department reports they issued 169 violations.

Okmulgee Library reported that they have completed the Viersen grant application to fund the summer reading program and has begun the E-Rate process which pays 90% of the internet expense. They had 61 new borrowers and added 292 items to the library. Door count for the month was 5,503 and 1302 patrons used the computers.

Okmulgee Fire Departmentreported 59 Incidents in January.

Technology Services/Planning and Zoning Department reported installing conference phones at City Hall and Public Works, received recommendations and applications for board openings for Planning and Zoning and Board of Adjustments and reduced utility bills by an additional $7,000 at the Waste Water Plant.

Public Works reported they worked on 167 Property Maintenance Jobs, 42 Central Repair Jobs, retired 6 Polycarts and placed 9 new polycarts in service. The number of man-days spent on the street projects was 132 days and water and sewer jobs totaled 1,263.

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