Okmulgee in the News
Oklahoma’s average price for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline has fallen 28 cents since its 2013 high of $3.92 recorded on May 21. State prices began the first 20 days of May by increasing 61 cents.
“Consumers in Oklahoma and parts of the Midwest faced tremendous frustration due to rapidly rising gas prices in May,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “Tight supplies, continued refinery maintenance and other production issues led to a spooked market for much of the month.”
Today June 4, there are 27 states with a lower statewide gas price average than Oklahoma. Typically, Oklahoma is among the cheapest states for gasoline in the nation.
The least expensive gas in the U. S. today: S.C. ($3.205), Ala. ($3.240), Miss. ($3.258), Tenn. ($3.259) and La. ($3.310). The five states with the highest averages today are Hawaii ($4.353), Mich. (4.098), Alaska ($4.066), Ill. ($4.050), and N.D. ($3.996).
“Gasoline supply problems should ease over the next month as some of these pesky refinery maintenance problems are solved,” said Mai. “We expect prices to drop below an average of $3.50 nationally and $3.35 in Oklahoma by the end of June if refineries can transition smoothly from to full production. However, refineries often have complications when restarting, which could lead to unpredictable problems in the weeks ahead. “
The nationwide average price of regular gasoline increased 10.4 cents per gallon in May, the first monthly increase since February. After ten consecutive overnight declines, the national average is now more than American motorists paid one year ago.
Gas prices nationally increased 19 out of 31 days during May. By contrast, prices increased only one day during May of 2012 and increased only seven days during the month in 2011.
While national gasoline markets have been driven by regional supply and production issues, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices have traded within a narrow $5 range for more than a month. At the close of yesterday’s formal trading on the NYMEX, WTI settled up $1.48 at $93.45 per barrel.
Spring Fling Car Show - Photo by Allen Gardner
What's happening at the 2013 Spring Fling? Beautiful weather is on the horizon with many family fun activities on tap.
Come to downtown Okmulgee and get in on the action!
*Food, merchant, craft vendors open early on the square, located on 7th, Grand and Morton Streets (around the square)
Sounds of the Past start at 11 a.m. to noon with 50's and 60's Rock and Roll music played.
Car and CMA motorcycle show noon to 5 p.m. located on Seventh Str. in front of KOKL Radio and in KOKL Parking lot.
Silent Auction 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Creek Council House Museum (CCHM).
T shirt Sales located on CCHM Grounds
Bouncy House, games, Cassie the clown 2 to 5 p.m. located on the CCHM Grounds
Dog Show: Beginning at noon
Pageant (Little Miss Show)
Located on 7th Street( between Grand and Morton)
1-2 p.m. Gospel Music Hour
2-4 p.m. Variations (classic rock)
4-5 p.m. Emily Comfort (guitar)
5-7 p.m Driving Rain (New Country and Southern Rock)
7-9 p.m. Michael Stewart and Band 7pm (Tribute to Wayland Jennings
located on 7th Street in front of Legacy antiques between Grand and Morton Streets.
9 p.m. Festival Closes
To enter a contest, or to register for a craft, merchant or food vendor or if you have children's games and would like to participate. Please contact:
Kelley Love at 918-756-3646
To enter the car show, contact:
Robert Rentie at 918-804-3344
Heavy rains are marking their damage around Okmulgee Co. mainly in the southern parts of the county. Henryetta and Dewar have had some flash flooding that has forced residents from their homes.
Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office has been patrolling the rural areas since the early morning hours. All Okmulgee county police agencies were on specialized patrols. The county commissioners and their crews were working steadily in setting up barriers for non-passable roads.
Dewar City Hall at 105 N. Broadway Street has set up temporary shelter for Dewar residence. Henryetta residents are being taken in at the 1st Methodist Church at 1212 Lake Road in Henryetta.
Road closures, according to Okmulgee Co. officials are:
Road closings in Okmulgee County
Arbeka and 1-40 overpass
West from Arbeka on Holly Rd.
Henryetta New Lake spillway
Highway 75 is closed at 4th Street
Juniper east from New Lake Rd
Mulberry between Indian Nation Turnpike and 250 Rd
200 and Sharp
Briar and Sharp
200 and Cedar
220 and Conifer
220 between Conifer and Chestnut
220 and Chestnut
US-266 at Dewar
According to ODOT, some other areas that may experience flash flooding include Okmulgee, Council Hill, Morris, Okfuskee, Okmulgee State Park and Welty.
Okmulgee County has 19 flood control lakes that help stem flood waters when Okmulgee County receives torrential rains.
These structures were built because of cooperation and partnerships on the local, state and federal levels between landowners of Okmulgee County, the Okmulgee County Conservation District, the Okmulgee County Commissioners, the conservancy districts of each of these watershed systems, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Warning: Do not drive your vehicle into areas where water covers the road. It only takes two feet of rushing water to carry away most SUVS and pickups. Turn around - don't drown.
The Okmulgee Main Street Program held its annual Hawaiian Luau promotion for the citizens of Okmulgee. Over 75 adults and children enjoyed the good family festivities.
The weather turned out great and great fun was had by all participating in the Hula Hoop Contest, Limbo Contest and the Ugliest Hawaiian Shirt.
There were some good Karaoke singers who entertained the crowd. Main Street would like to thank to Mr. David Crow for providing the music.
Winners In Photos (Envelopes show which place):
(Photos and Story by Paul Orosco)
Hula Hoop Winners:
1st Place Sheyenn Burggraf
2nd Place Jaime Fourkiller
3rd Place Benjamin Crow
1st Place Sheyenn Burggraf
2nd Place Rainy Hayes
3rd Place Christopher Crow
Ugliest Hawaiian Shirt Contest
1st Place Benjamin Checotah
2nd Place Annie Hobson
3rd Place Russell Torbett
(L-R) George Schafer one of the founders of the Eternal Lifeline Clinic shown here recieving a donation from the organization Good Samaritan presented by their representative Lynn Hersey Operations Manager. (Photo by Broc Rice)
Eternal Lifeline Clinic (ELC), a new free medical clinic, has opened in downtown Okmulgee at 109 W. Sixth on the square. They held there grand opening May 29. The building was filled with supporters who came out to show their backing. Dr. Zachariah Anderson, a local physician, has come on board to be the facilities doctor. He volunteers his time to see the clinics patients.
ELC was birthed to serve those who have need of health care but are unable to pay for private medical care or are not eligible for services provided through employer or government programs.
Founded January 2013, ELC desires to fill a gap in the Okmulgee community’s health care system by promoting the health and well being of those who are unemployed, disabled or ill, or not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid, and often representing ‘all they have’ for medical care.
The clinic offers a safe, caring, and professional atmosphere for those in need of health care and spiritual care as well. ELC partners with local medical professionals, churches, pastors, business community, local agencies and many others to provide a beautiful and effective example of a community caring for its own, placing ‘service above self’.
ELC Administrator Kathy Rutherford serves alongside the numerous other community medical, administrative, and spiritual volunteers, meeting monthly at the Okmulgee location.
The clinic will be open once a month on a Wednesday afternoon. Doors are open at 4 p.m. for doctor visit sign up. Doctor visits begin at 6 p.m. Individuals are seen based on a random drawing system according to the number of slots available on a given evening. The next clinic opening will be June 26.
Clinic services are available without charge for Okmulgee County area residents who are ages 19 to 64 and have no health insurance or coverage of any kind.
The Eternal Lifeline Clinic operates entirely on donations from the community. To contribute time or monies please contact Kathy at 918-625-3376.
Photos by Valerie Rice - ONN
Okmulgee Main Street is hosting their 2nd Annual Hawaiian Luau in conjunction with the Concert in the Park Thursday May 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The concert will be held at the Jim Newton Memorial Pocket Park at 212 W. 6th Street in Okmulgee.
There will be lots of activities and contest for everyone including a Limbo contest, Hula Hoop contest, and the ugliest Hawaiian shirt contest. You can enter on the day of the event. Music will be provided from the 50’s and 60’s and for those that want to share their vocal talent with the public there will be a period of Karaoke. A local vendor will serve snow cones.
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a night of fun, music and dance.
For more information contact Okmulgee Main Street at 918.758.1015
(L-R) Lions Club member Kyle Brooks, Mike Taylor, Chris Lindenberg and Gary Dollahon.
Lions Club Program Chair Kyle Brooks introduced three guest speakers at this week’s Lion’s Club meeting. Chris Lindenberg, owner of Tulsa-based Gene Larew Lures a manufacturer and supplier of innovative bass fishing baits and the Bobby Garland crappie baits, Gary Dollahon Public Relations Director and Mike Taylor fishing expert.
Gary Dollahan brought examples fishing lures and spoke about the new colors along with showing off the new Electric Chicken fishing lures. Chris Lindenberg spoke about different aspects of the business.
Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer
(Pictured above - Foreman Chris Coreman)
By Paul Orosco
The new Track and Field house at Harmon Field in Okmulgee is taking shape as the construction comes together. Workers are busy on the new facility only being held up by the weather as the biggest factor. The rain slowed progress somewhat and will hinder putting up the insulation as they don't want it to get wet when installing it, according to construction foreman Chris Corum.
The completion date is scheduled for mid to late August, which will be in time for the next school season.
"The students of Okmulgee should be grateful and proud that someone is looking out for them to have a new facility like this," Corum said.
Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer
In honor of Memorial Day the Okmulgee VFW and The American Legion White-Williams Post 10 saluted the many Okmulgee heroes who laid down their lives while serving in America's Armed Forces.
The annual Memorial Day service at Okmulgee Cemetery was held at 11:00 a.m. There are many veterans from the Civil War to our current war in Afghanistan buried in Okmulgee.
Thanks to American Legion member Steve Sigmon who coordinated the placing of the many American Flags throughout the cemetery.
Today, give thanks for our blessings, and remember the price of freedom that has been paid by these many brave Americans who are buried in Okmulgee but also around the world.
Memorial Day is about remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Memorial Day is a time to remember those who gave the greatest sacrifice. We honor those who have gone before us while serving our nation and celebrate their brave achievements. We share stories of war and sacrifice. It is also a time to honor those who are still with us. A time to take a moment to tell them how we appreciate what they did and their service to our country.
These three Okmulgee men served in the United States proudly in time of need.
(Photo by Paul Orosco - ONN CHief Photographer) (L to R) Virgil Armstead, 21 Years in the U.S. Army,
James R. Vaughn 30 Years 11 months and 7 days. Mr. Vaughn served both in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. He served in WW II to Viet Nam and Hugh Dugas 27 Years U.S. Marines