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By Wesley Coburn - ONN

This Friday night, June 16, there will be a meeting for prospective volunteers with the Okmulgee Junior Football Association at Dunbar Elementary at 6:30 p.m. They are requesting caring, dedicated, hard-working and dependable volunteers for their 28th season.

Registration for this fall’s football and cheerleading will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Okmulgee Middle School.

Founded in 1990, the goal of OJFA is to “teach the FUNdamentals of football, cheerleading and sportsmanship,” in addition to ensuring participants “know the importance of teamwork, goal-setting, and persevering to overcome life’s obstacles in a caring and supportive atmosphere.”

For more information, call Ronnie Jones at 918-756-7683 or Collis Jones at 918-758-0860.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 18:27

Car show in Beggs this Saturday

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The 9th annual Beggs Car Show will be held this Saturday, June 17, at First Baptist Church South, three miles off Highway 75 on Highway 16.

The entry fee is $20 per vehicle, registration begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m. Trophies will be handed out to the top 50 cars and trucks, as well as the top 5 motorcycles. In addition, 11 special awards will be given as well. These trophies will be presented at 2:30 p.m.

The event is free to the viewing public, and an open mic of Christian songs will be available. If performing, bring the CD of the music along from home.

BBQ, fried fish, desserts and other refreshments will be available. 

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Attention, Morris Eagles from the Class of 1977! There will be a 40-year reunion held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, at the Silverado Steakhouse at the Tulsa RV Ranch, located at 2548 Highway 75 in Beggs.

If you are attending, please RSVP by Saturday, July 1, to Darryl Raley at 918-812-8556 or Tim Kirk at 918-733-4816.

“We graduated May 21, 1977, and so I got with the president of the class and said, ‘Let’s get something going,’ and so we started on it,” Raley said. “We’re expecting at least forty or so to show up.”

The steakhouse menu includes items such as steaks, seafood, frog legs, burgers, ribs and chicken fried steak. Entrees come with ciabatta bread and two sides.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:43

Local teen wins gold at archery competition

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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.

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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
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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.
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