Okmulgee in the News
The Henryetta Police are looking into an unexplained fatality that occurred Sunday evening in Henryetta. Parts of Lake Road was blocked off for several hours while police investigated a man’s body that was found dead at a home near Corporation Str. It was reported that the man was seen by passing motorist in his yard.
Henryetta Police Chief Steve Norman said that it appeared to be an accident and that the man was potentially working in his truck. The identity of the man has not been released yet.
“The State Medical Examiner was called in and we are waiting on an official report to the actual cause of death, “ said Chief Norman.
Photo by Allen Gardner - ONN
Friday, October 14, 2016, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the November 8, 2016, General Election.
Persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old may apply to become registered voters.
Those who aren’t registered or need to change their registration may apply in person at the Okmulgee County Election Board office or by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, October 14th. Applications postmarked after that time will be accepted and processed, but not until after the November 8, 2016 election.
The County Election Board responds in writing to every person who submits an application for voter registration. The response is either a voter identification card listing the new voter's precinct number and polling place location or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved. Any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board office.
Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 314 W. 7th Street, Room 102 of the Okmulgee County Courthouse, and at most post offices, tag agencies and public libraries in the county. Applications also are available at www.elections.ok.gov.
For more election related information, call the Okmulgee County Election Board at 918-756-2365 or the State Election Board website www.ok.gov/elections.
The Board and Staff of Anne Moroney Youth Services Congratulate Director, Jackie Miller on 28 years of service to our Community.
Pictured left to right: Carol Smith, Chris Dixon, Melinda Moudy, Jackie Miller, Ron Sawyer, Leona McDowell, Janna Duggan, Benita Casselman and Rae Ann Wilson.
The Okmulgee County Health Department announced today its seasonal influenza vaccination clinic schedule for the upcoming flu season. Clinics will begin on Monday October 3.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and Okmulgee County Health Department recommend flu vaccination every year for everyone 6 months of age and older. The more people vaccinated, the less the chance that flu will spread in families and communities.
Each year in the United States, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. The flu vaccine is the best defense against getting the flu. Flu season usually starts in September or October and runs through April or May.
“It takes about two weeks after vaccination to become fully protected so get everyone in your family vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Brenda Potts, administrative director for the Okmulgee County Health Department. “Protection from the flu vaccine lasts about six months, so people vaccinated in October should be protected through April of next year.”
Immunization is the safest and best way to protect people at high risk from the flu such as pregnant women, children and people with chronic heart and lung diseases. In addition to getting a flu vaccination, persons 65 and older, and those with chronic health conditions, should ask their doctor about being vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia. Pneumococcal pneumonia is a common and potentially serious complication of the flu. Unlike the influenza vaccine, the pneumococcal vaccine does not need to be given every year.
The flu mist will not be available as it is no longer recommended by the CDC.
The Okmulgee County Health Department will be providing flu vaccine using the following fee schedule:
- --There will be no charge for families whose income is less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level. However, those with health insurance should bring their card. The insurance company will be billed for the vaccine and an administration fee.
- --There will be no charge for adults 65 years of age and older. These adults should bring their Medicare Card or other health insurance card.
- --There is no charge for children 18 years of age and younger who have no health insurance, whose health insurance does not cover flu vaccine, who are eligible for SoonerCare, or who are Native American or Alaskan natives.
- --All others will be charged a fee of $25 to cover the cost of the flu vaccine and the cost of administering the vaccine.
Okmulgee clinic date and times are as follows: Monday- Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
The Okmulgee County Health Department will accept SoonerCare, Medicare, all private health insurance, cash, checks, or credit cards as payment for flu vaccine. For more information about flu clinics at the Okmulgee County Health Department, call (918) 756-1883.
Tuesday's Lions Club program was kind of a follow-up of the April 5 program by Williams Company CFO Don Chappel, however, this program by Rob Hatley, Vice President of Communications and Strategic Outreach, was a lot different. The difference was mainly the result of ETE, based in Dallas, withdrawing from the merger of the Williams Company following a Delaware court ruling. Rob stated that the last time he visited the Okmulgee Lions Club, April 5 when Don Chappel gave the program, there was more uncertainty as they were still in the midst of the merger process. He has been with the Williams Company for three and a half years and has been involved with mergers and acquisitions with previous employers, but not ever one with this set of unique circumstances and outcome. Things have worked out and the Williams Company remains in Tulsa as a singular corporation, and Okmulgee can breathe a sigh of relief because we are a part of the Tulsa United Way and the Williams Company is an annual $1 million-plus donor to the United Way, which directly impacts the Okmulgee Community, also.
Rob stated that the company is getting back to the company focus of protecting and growing the company's and shareholder's investment. During the drawn-out merger, the Williams Company wasn't allowed to raise money but currently has improved their financial picture. They have doubled the capacity of pipelines, have sold off some of their oil assets, and the company now touches about 30% of all gas resources. The mission is to become the premiere provider of large-scale infrastructure connecting the growing supply of North America natural gas and natural gas products to growing global demands for clean fuels and feedstocks. An example is in the Northeast Basin of Ohio and Pennsylvania, where their needs will double. Chesapeake still remains their largest investor, even with all the happenings with that company.
Rob gave an example of a case study called a tale of two pipelines, the Constitution Pipeline and the Keathley Canyon Connector. The Constitution Pipeline is 122 miles in length from Northeast Pennsylvania to Upstate New York, the cost of the steel is $660,000 per mile, but because of all the various state, federal, and other regulations, becomes $4.8 million per mile to bury the pipeline 3 feet under ground. The Keathley Canyon Connector runs 215 miles from Louisiana to Florida, buried 7,000 feet in the Gulf of Mexico, the cost of steel is $920,000 per mile, but the total cost is only $1.7 million per mile because of only one regulation.
The Williams Company is very community-and-employee-oriented and Northeast Oklahoma is truly blessed to have this company and their approximate 1,100 employees in the Tulsa area. And the Lions International and the Williams Company have a lot in common--we both are celebrating 100 years in existence. "WE SERVE".
Pictured top left to right: Program Chairman Lion Duaine Janzen, Rob Hatley, and President Lion R.C. Morrow. (Photos and information provided by Dean Craig, with excerpts from the Williams Company presentation)
by Tina Pierce LMFT
A mom walks in to find her daughter lying on the ground. She calls 9-1-1. The daughter has tried to kill herself. Everyone wonders if there were signs or how to respond. According to the CDC, 113 deaths occur daily due to suicide. So what can you do as a friend, parent, co-worker, teacher, or neighbor? Start by asking. If you suspect someone you know is suicidal ask the question, “are you suicidal?” Then take the time to listen without judging. Listen with empathy and compassion because that is what he/she needs.
Often individuals do not have ongoing suicidal thoughts. If suicidal thoughts occur that person needs to feel supported in a healthy manner. They need to talk and they may need help keeping themselves safe for a time until the suicidal thoughts become under control. Suicidal individuals may not want to reach out for help, they may feel like a burden on others. Or they may not want help. Outside factors can also contribute to suidicality including a recent death of a friend (especially if that death was by suicide), alcohol or substance use, feelings of worthlessness, depression, illness, or fatigue. If the person is in imminent danger call 9-1-1 or take them to the local emergency room. If you are feeling suicidal today reach out to someone and let them know. You are not alone and there is someone that wants to help you.
If you are currently feeling suicidal and need immediate help call 1-800-273-TALK or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
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The Okmulgee County Outreach Coalition will hold a fundraiser event on Saturday, October 8 from 12 to 4 p.m. to benefit the Okmulgee County Homeless Shelter. There will be hot dog combo meals on sale for a $5 donation.
The benefit that is organized and sponsored by the Coalition will be held on the Creek Council House lawn at 106 W. 6th Str. in Okmulgee. The money is being raised to the assist the shelter financially due to the recent loss of the OCHS Thrift Store to a fire.
This Shelter is looking for these type care item donations:
Size small, medium, large, XL, and 2XL nursing scrubs. Kids T-shirts, kids shorts, washcloths, bath towels, shampoo, conditioner, paper towels, toilet paper, household items (nothing large).
Monetary donations needed!!!
The Okmulgee County Homeless Shelter is a tax exempt 501c(3), 2-4 day temporary emergency shelter that houses men, women, and children, to move them from their homelessness to self-efficiency. The shelter was founded in 1995 and currently remain operating. Clients must have ID and obtain a shelter pass from the Okmulgee County Police Station, located on the corner of W. 5th & Morton Ave.
Clients are provided with shelter, food, clothing, showers, laundry facilities, and basic hygienic items. Transportation assistance is also available for clients to assist with their social service appointments and with job searches. While the Shelter benefits as a Tulsa United Way Agency, it relies on local business and individuals for the larger share of its budget. Too often, some clients needing temporary financial aid are turned away due to the lack of funds.
The City of Henryetta held a ribbon cutting today for McCutcheon Park in Henryetta to celebrate the new playground equipment that has been installed.
Most of the project has been financed by funds from the hotel/motel tax that the city has collected which was used to purchase the new playground equipment and constructing a Splash pad. A swing especially equipped for handicapped children was included. Henryetta Mayor Jennifer Clason said the addition is to improve quality of life for children and that the City has plans to install another swing set. She said the new handicap swing is located right along with the other swings so that children are not isolated during play.
The handicapped swing was partially funded by the America’s Guardians Biker’s Association that donated $2500.
We are looking forward to doing more,” said Clason. “But it takes money, remember, buy local. It increases our tax base. Buying local is what gets projects like this done.”
Photos by Allen Garnder - ONN
The Orpheum Theatre celebrated another year with the public on Saturday Sept. 24. The celebration was held a month after the official anniversary, due to scheduling conflicts. Those who came out to celebrate enjoyed complimentary cake and punch along with watching some commercials and short movies filmed in Okmulgee produced by local colleges and people. A short performance by Ms. Jackson's Theatre Troop included the songs "Oklahoma" and "There's No Business Like Show Business". Owner John McConnel opened the event with cutting the first slice of cake as he thanked everyone in attendence.
For the second year special guest Bill Rowland organist, President of the American Theatre Organ Society Sooner State Chapter attended to accompany a silent cartoon and film for the audience in the traditional way it was done in the beginning of the movie industry. Bill is a Ragtime Piano Player, Theatre Organist, Composer, Arranger, and mainframe Computer Programmer. Bill also has been tuning and repairing pianos since 1974.
Special guest speakers were Okmulgee Main Street President Margarett Hess, Okmulgee School Superintendent Renee Dove, Julie Roberds Director of Adult and Career Development with GCTC and Chris Azbel Secretary to the Interior of the MCN.
Photo above: Orpheum Owner John McConnel gives the thumbs up on cutting the first slice of the Orpheum's birthday cake. (Photo by Allen Gardner - ONN)
Win some, lose some, and some get rained out seemed to be the order of the day as our Tuesday regularly scheduled program had to be cancelled due to illness. But not to worry because of the recent addition of new members, two of whom were called on to offer their 15 minutes-of-fame speeches. This is standard fare for our club in which these new members are allowed to boast, brag, or advertise without fear of being fined by the Tail Twister, in other words, diplomatic immunity. First up was Dr. Tom Alexander, who had been a Lion member years ago, but had to drop out due to lack of available time but, now since he has retired, has re-joined. Some of you might remember when Dr. Tom gave us a program on December 15, 2015, on early-day Okmulgee. What a marvelous trip down memory-lane he took us on then, and he wowed us again
Dr. Tom was born and raised in Okmulgee, attending Wilson Elementary, graduated Okmulgee High School, and the University of Oklahoma in 1963, interned in Phoenix, and had a three-year residency in New Orleans. He was classified as an "obligated volunteer" in which he served in the U.S. Army at a Fort in Georgia. Upon returning to Okmulgee in 1969, Dr. Tom, his father, and his brother (Dr. Bob), built a clinic across the street from Okmulgee Memorial Hospital. His father passed away in 1972, and his brother, a surgeon, left for Germany in 1975 to serve in the military. When Dr. Tom quit his practice in 2012, that ended a period of 109 years that the Alexander family had tended the medical needs of Okmulgeeans, beginning in 1903 when his grandfather applied for a medical license through the Western District of Indian Territory. What a proud legacy for the Alexander family.
Next up was Gary Volz, the newest Lion member of one week, and a four-week resident of Okmulgee, employed by Schaudt's Funeral Home. Gary stated that he and his wife have never been in a town where everyone has so readily accepted them with open arms as Okmulgee has, including the Lions Club. Gary was born in Coffeyville, Kansas in 1945 and was a "bonus baby", explaining that his father was married with a child during the war years when he was selected for duty with the Marine Corps, but after Gary was born, his father had earned enough bonus points for early release from the military.
The family then moved to Muskogee, where he graduated from high school in 1963. Not certain what he wanted to do, he enrolled in Midwestern Christian College preparing for the ministry. He worked as a pharmaceutical salesman and, in fact, had called on Dr. Tom, so he was not exactly new to Okmulgee. He worked in the Hospice Industry for a while but still had "leanings" toward the ministry so returned to the pulpit as Pastor of the Glenpool Christian Church. For 18 years during this time, Gary was a Chaplain for the Tulsa Police Department and has also served as Chaplain for the Hospice Industry. During these years he had become acquainted with Dan Schaudt, owner of several funeral homes in the Tulsa and Glenpool area, and Dan contacted Gary and his wife about the opportunity to work and live in their funeral home in Okmulgee. After discussing this opportunity, they decided to accept the position as Schaudt Family Service. They have five children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
We are pleased to welcome these two new members into our club and they are anxious to "hit the ground running" to assist in our projects and dedication to this community in keeping with our motto, "WE SERVE".
Pictured, left to right: Lion Dr. Tom Alexander, President Lion R.C. Morrow, and Lion Gary Volz.
(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig)