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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:43

Local teen wins gold at archery competition


By Wesley Coburn - ONN

For Trevor Coburn, 14, attending the 18th annual UCO Endeavor Games in Edmond at the University of Central Oklahoma this past weekend was an “incredible experience.”
He won archery gold on Friday morning using equipment provided by Pat’s Archery in the Youth Outdoor Open

Compound division with a two-round score of 261 points, overcoming a fierce amount of wind.

Coburn is a homeschooled freshman from Beggs, and a member of the Okmulgee County Sharks. Also representing the Sharks was 8-year-old Savannah Sturdivan.

The Endeavor Games Series of competitions is a stepping stone to the Paralympics, which are hosted about a month after the Olympics conclude in the same city. According to their website, the goal is to “provide those with physical disabilities an opportunity to display their talents in a proper and competitive setting against individuals with similar disabilities.” Besides the UCO games in Edmond each June, there is also the Turnstone Endeavor Games each April in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with more events likely to be added in the future.

There were ten events in total: indoor and outdoor archery, cycling, powerlifting, air rifle shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, track and field, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair softball.

Event locations included Cheyenne Middle School, Santa Fe High School, UCO’s Hamilton Field House, the UCO Wellness Center and the Mitch Park YMCA.

Coburn also competed in sitting volleyball, where his team took fourth place, just missing the bronze medal by two points, in addition to the 20-meter air rifle shooting, which he was runner-up in last year. Sturdivan competed in air rifle shooting as well.

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With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, it’s almost time for many Okmulgee residents to begin their firework purchases. But in order to set those fireworks off legally, they will first need to purchase a permit in City Hall’s Community Development Department, which is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a 12-1 p.m. lunch break.

The permits cost $20, and they must be paid for by 4 p.m. on July 3. The permits are valid for the days of July 3-5.

If residents shoot off fireworks without a permit, they may be fined.


Green Country Technology Center to host Okmulgee County training July 11, 18 and 21, 2017

Okmulgee, OK, June 5, 2017: i2E, Inc., a nonprofit that assists Oklahoma’s emerging small businesses and seven state partners including the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Cherokee Nation, Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma Business Roundtable, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology (OCAST) along with REI of Oklahoma, Inc. announce the GrowOK initiative.

The GrowOK program is designed to explore the product/market fit of a new business concept. Applications are open for members of rural and tribal Oklahoma who have a concept for a business or an existing business. Each program includes three two-hour, in person classes, with outside activities to be completed by the participating company/entrepreneur. During the GrowOK program, participants will evaluate customer segments, product market fit, risks and competition, initial paths to market, how to reach potential customers, implementing customer feedback, setting metrics for success and introduction to startup capital. The goal of the GrowOK program is to increase jobs in rural Oklahoma. The project is funded by a grant from the US Economic Development Association (EDA) and is offered at no charge to qualifying participants.

The GrowOK program condenses a process that could take up to six months into a 5 week program which requires participant commitment to attending the 3 class sessions, July 11, 18 and 21, 2017 from 4:30-6:30 pm in the Panter Education Center on the campus of Green Country Technology Center. Participants also are required to engage in three individual follow-up calls (30-60 minutes/week) and complete all assignments associated with the program, including customer discovery calls. At the end of the 5 weeks, the i2E staff compiles a recommendation based on the GrowOK outcomes that serves as a springboard for the company to take action. More information and application is available online at www.growok.org. The deadline for application for the July session is June 27, 2017.

For more information, go to www.growok.org or contact Margaret Hess, Business Development Specialist with Green Country Technology Center at 918-295-4697 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 23:37

Kitchens Feelings and Friends

by: Tina Pierce LMFT

I have a drawer in my kitchen that I affectionately call the catch all drawer. I have tried multiple times to organize this drawer and it seems to be a mess again by the end of the week. If I am honest, I am not even sure what all is in this particular drawer. In fact, that is the first place I look if l loose something. There was at least one time that I found my car keys in there. Unfortunately, that drawer sometimes reflects my inside world. Often we go through life pretending we are ok and normal but inside we are hurting, sad, and overwhelmed.

How do you face the world with confidence when you struggle with doubts and pain on the inside? The truth is, you don’t. At least not on your own. The hardest world to live in is the one on your couch with only Ben and Jerry. What you need the most is a friend that you can trust. Someone you can call when it feels like the world is crashing down around you. Someone that needs you too. A friend that you can laugh and cry with in the good times and the bad. Someone willing to forgive you and give you a second chance when you fail. A friend that stands the test of time. If you have a friend like that, give them a call and say thanks for always standing by my side.

If you want a friend like that, start by being that kind of friend. Show others love and respect even when they do not deserve it. Be a shoulder to cry on, a joke to laugh at, and a warm friendly face. Then the hard part, be vulnerable, honest, and open. No one wants to be friends with someone that is always perfect and put together or fake. Be real and be you. Because you are ok. You are a friend worth having.

Tina Pierce LMFT
You Place, LLC

The You Place offers Family, Marital, Pre-Marital, and Individual Counseling Services for people struggling with a variety of mental health problems including anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, and more. The You Place also offers consultation and training services and LPC supervision. For more information call today. 918-777-6045

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It is always good to have a 15-minutes-of-fame program because that means we are adding more members to our ranks. Such was the case Tuesday for Lion Charles Otto, representing the newest member. Unlike the Okies in "Grapes of Wrath", Otto was born in California but migrated with his parents to Oklahoma in 1946, locating in a small town southeast of Ada. Otto's mother was originally from Oklahoma, and that is why they came here from California. His father bought 40 acres and thought he would be a farmer, but it didn't work out very well. There were some "rehabilitation" programs available back then, so his father took advantage of them and became a teacher, until he felt the "call" to preach and became a Methodist minister. Which, Otto explained, was the reason they lived in several different towns during his growing-up years before graduating high school in Copan.

After high school, Otto joined the U.S. Navy and spent some time on an aircraft carrier, U.S.S. BonHomme Richard, CVA-31. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he came to Haskell, where his parents were living at that time. He was employed by National Tank in Tulsa and began his career of 45 years as a welder. The last six of those years were spent with IC Bus Company, also in Tulsa. Otto retired, and he and his wife bought some acreage in the Twin Hills area, spending a lot of time improving the land. They eventually sold the acreage and moved to Okmulgee.

Needing "something to do", he worked for Walmart for six years, laughingly stating that he put bicycles together, but later admitting that was not all he really did. Nevertheless, we are glad to have this new member join our ranks and we certainly can find something for him to do.

On a related note, the 100-year celebration glass was won by Lion Kyle Powell on the ninth name drawn. We still have a few more slots for a few more good men and women. Come give us a try! "WE SERVE"
Pictured left to right: President Lion R.C. Morrow. Lion Charles Otto, and Program Chairman Lion Ron Martin.
(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig)

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Pictured is Program Chairperson Lion Beth Flud, Paul Schatte, and President Lion R.C. Morrow. - Photo by Dean Craig

Tuesday's Lions Club meeting was another "Made in Oklahoma" product program by Paul Schatte (pronounced Shot-ee), Vice-President and part-owner of Head Country BBQ Sauce in Ponca City. This story, and history, has it's beginnings in World War II by Donovan "Bud" Head, a cook on a Navy destroyer, who served his own recipe sauce to the men on the ship. After coming home from the Navy, Bud and his wife Freda produced the popular sauce from their ranch house, and neighbors would line up with their fruit jars. In 1977, it became too much to handle, so Bud passed along his secret recipe to a nephew, Danny Head. Bud probably never imagined his sauce would become a staple at backyard BBQ's across 26 states and 18 foreign countries. Head Country is now Oklahoma's #1 selling BBQ sauce and the Ponca City plant produces 6,000 gallons of the sauce per day.

Paul Schatte grew up in Texas and he and his wife attended a college in Nebraska to become teachers. He was a classroom teacher for nine years and a Principal for 11 years before meeting Danny Head in 1990, when Schatte began competing in competitive championship BBQ contests. Schatte is a 15 year veteran of professional competition and won the Jack Daniels World Championship Cook-off in Tennessee in 1994. He won the Reserve Grand Championship American Royal Invitational in 2004 and has over 25 State Championships.

In June 1999, Danny Head convinced Schatte to join the Head Country competitive BBQ cook-off team, which he did, and became an employee of Head Country. Nine years later, Schatte bought a half-ownership in the plant and the restaurant. About three years ago, an equity group (which included a son of Tulsa resident and former NFL professional player Steve Largent) bought most of the company, with Schatte retaining a partial-owner share of the plant, and Danny assuming ownership of the Head Country BBQ Restaurant. However, the restaurant had to change the name due to copyright ownership and is now called Danny's BBQ Restaurant.

According to a recent survey, Head Country BBQ Sauce is #10 in the top 50 sauces marketed, even though they are in only about 12% of the grocery stores, unlike most of the major brands labeled under world-wide companies. Pretty good for a company which celebrates 70 years next month, and only has 27 employees They have expanded the product line to include (other than original); Hot flavor, Hickory Smoke flavor, Championship Seasoning (or dry rub), and Premium Marinade.

At the conclusion of his program (not to be out-done by the likes of the Dr. Phil show), Mr. Schatte announced that everyone gets a free bottle of sauce or seasoning. So, when the dismissal gong rang, we were lined up like pigs at the trough to pick up a free sample. What a pleasure to have Paul Schatte as our guest and help celebrate 70 years of success from another "Made in Oklahoma" company, Head BBQ Sauce. Now, y'all pick up a bottle or two of this juice, ya' hear?

On a related note, three Lions (Craig Brydges, Kyle Powell, and Christie Baldridge) were awarded special 100-year celebration pins for sponsoring a new member during this year. The 100-year commemorative glass was won by Lion Robert Bible on the third name drawn. We still have three more to give away, so ALL Lions should make an extra effort to be present for the drawing. We are still searching for a few more good men and women to join us. "WE SERVE"
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(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig with excerpts from an internet article by Lance West).

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Okmulgee Lions President R.C. Morrow was presented the District 3-0 Lion of the Year Award Saturday , May 20, at the Lions State Convention in Midwest City. Making the presentation is Lions International Director N. Alan Lundgren, Scottsdale, Arizona (left), Lion Morrow, and Incoming District 3-0 Governor Gene Redford. Lion Morrow is the fourth Okmulgee Lion to receive this prestigious award since this award began in 1974.
(Photo and information provided)


Rotary President Elect Darryl Raley presents a check and certificate to Okmulgee High School’s Best All-Around Boy, Ian McAnally.


On behalf of the Okmulgee Rotary Club, President Elect Darryl Raley presented the club’s annual Rotary scholarships to OSUIT to Kiara Jones and Michael Cook.

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Pictured left to right: Program Chairman Lion Rusty Milroy and Dan Bewley. Photo by Dean Craig

By Dean Craig Okmulgee Lion

Tuesday's Lions Club meeting was another trip to nostalgia-land with Okmulgee ties brought to us by Dan Bewley, former long-time news/sports reporter on both Channel 6 and Channel 8 in Tulsa. Additionally, he worked TV stations in Virginia, Michigan, and Texas, covering an approximate 25 year period. So, about three years ago he felt he needed a change of pace, and began a company called Your Story Media to produce videos geared toward advertising. But I'm getting ahead of my story.

Bewley graduated from high school in Edmond and graduated college from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha. He is a self-proclaimed baseball "nut", history "nut", and more specifically, an Oklahoma history baseball "nut", which is how he came to establish his present T-shirt business, Three Sands Clothing.

Three Sands is now a ghost town, but it existed right on the Noble County and Kay County line south of Ponca City. It was an oil boom town--there was just a massive oil field there. It was named because they found oil in three layers of sand, so Three Sands. But it's where his dad was born and his grandfather worked in the oil fields. The name of the company, Three Sands Clothing, is a tip of the hat to his grandfather, who was just like thousands of other Oklahomans who toiled every day to provide for his family and to make this state a better place, and they are kind of lost to history. So, Three Sands, to Bewley, is a shout-out to his grandfather, but also all of the men and women who worked hard and did the things that were necessary to do to survive.

Baseball was played in Oklahoma and Indian Territory as soon as there were enough players to field teams, Many towns and cities formed their own professional organizations. They hired players from around town and even brought in ringers from out of state. These players had dreams of making it to the Major Leagues and a surprising number of them actually made it. Bewley's research indicated that about 300 or 400 of these "town teams" played ball between 1882 and the 1950s, and they were a sense of pride for their communities. Bewley said the first recorded organized baseball game in Indian Territory was played July 4, 1882. Coal miners from Krebs and coal miners from Savanna got together and played a baseball game. They used cans and sacks of hay for bases. There was like 300 or 400 people there, so it was a big deal.

One of the "retro-vintage" T-shirts Bewley brought to the Lions to display/sell was this first game of Krebs vs. Savanna. The other one was the 1912 Champion Okmulgee Glassblowers. His research could not identify the sponsor of the team but it is believed that there were three glass plants in Okmulgee at that time, so probably were sponsored by one of the glass plants. Frank Gardner was player/manager, and other members of the team (mostly only last names known) were: Maddicks, Upton, Pierce, Clayton, Clark, Ash, Baxter, Jeffries (catcher), 6"3" first baseman Earl Roberts, Everdon, Burnett, Taylor, and Harris. Bewley was amused to recount a May 1928 baseball game that his research uncovered between an Okmulgee team and a Tulsa team played at the "Okmulgee Field" (has not been able to be identified) that ended in a "seat cushion battle". Fans began throwing seat cushions at each other after the game, but no injuries were recorded. Neither was the score, so apparently it wasn't important to either side.

Other early baseball teams mentioned were the Oklahoma City Pirates (1891, two years after the "land run"), the Tulsa Railroaders, the Bartlesville Boosters, the Broken Arrow Nine, and Ty Cobb and the Detroit Tigers playing against the Muskogee Mets and the Tulsa Producers in 1916. Also, according to research, the 1922 Okmulgee Drillers was one of the top 100 baseball teams ever. Shoppers can see the full inventory at threesandsclothing.com or GreenHouse Clothing, 3310 S. Yale Ave. Three Sands Clothing items also are available at Dwelling Spaces in the Boxyard, Beard and Blade in Jenks, and Studio 405 Clothing Company in Oklahoma City. Bewley is looking at the possibility of a retail outlet in Okmulgee for his T-shirts. One of his T-shirts has the first rules of early-days baseball and one of the rules says you are not allowed to kill the umpire.

On a related note, the newest member, Lion Charles Otto, won the 100-year celebration glass on the first name drawn, unlike the previous weeks. We still have a few more glasses to award and a few more spots for a few more good men and women. Come join in the revelry, relaxation, refreshing, and rewarding fun of our club. Hope to see you soon! "WE SERVE".

(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig, with excerpts from threesandsclothing.com and Jimmie Tramel, Tulsa World).

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(Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) -- Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow will be the host site for free professional development opportunities for Oklahoma third through 12th grade math teachers this summer June 12-15 and July 24-26.
The workshops are part of the Oklahoma Mathematics Advancement Project, a three-year Mathematics Science Partnership Grant funded by the National Department of Education through the Oklahoma State Department of Education at $550,000 per year.
The grant was awarded to Dr. Martha Parrott, Professor of Mathematics and Assistant Dean of the NSU Greg Wadley College of Science and Health Professions, Martha Wissler and Linda Hall, project managers and mathematics education consultants. NSU is the higher education partner.
Since there is only one three-year MSP award given in Oklahoma for mathematics, Parrott said it is a great honor for the team to have been selected as the recipients. Their project is focused on delivering OKMAP professional development across Oklahoma.
“The ultimate goal is to provide purposeful professional development for classroom teachers that will ultimately impact third grade through algebra II students in Oklahoma. We want our students know and understand mathematics more deeply so that their learning will be made more relevant and sustainable,” Parrott said.
According to Parrott, all MSP awards must have a local school district as the lead fiscal agent. The lead school district for this award is the Western Heights School District in the Oklahoma City area.
School district partners were selected in accordance with grant requirements and include Tahlequah, Glenpool and Muskogee public schools on the east side of the state and Western Heights, Millwood and Crooked Oak public schools from the west side of the state. Parrott said teachers from other districts are invited to participate as well.
This is the beginning of year two and Parrott said teachers who have been participating in the project say they feel better equipped to provide more relevant, sustainable learning experiences—this means more student engagement and less worksheets. Teachers say they can already see the positive impact that their new content and pedagogical knowledge is having on their students.
“As we move forward into year two of the grant, teachers will continue to share what they have learned with other teachers in their districts thus impacting even more students in Oklahoma,” Parrott said.
During the upcoming workshops, teachers will learn not only from Parrott, Hall and Wissler but also from national presenters including Cheryl Rose Tobey and Emily R. Fagan, known for their work with mathematics assessment probes, David Foster, author and director of the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative, and Chris Shore, contributing author to the Mathematics Project Journal “Ultimate Math Lessons.” 
For more information, contact Parrott at 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. or 918-449-6474.

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