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(L-R)  Terry Kuykendall, Heather Sumner Red Cross Rep, Oscar Velazquez, Jonie Barnett, Myrna Dixon, Chuck Fisher & Helen Crawford                  Photo by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer

Kelco employees participated in raising funds for the Oklahoma Disaster Relief, specifically Tornado.

Around 30 Kelko employees raised $5,000.00 and corporate employees put in $1,300.00 totaling $6,300 raised from the Okmulgee plant.  The idea was spearheaded by Eddie Brown Kelco Recovery Operator.

Eddie Brown Kelco Recovery Operator.

Gene McNeely pictured with his plane has been flying for the AeroShell Aerobatic team for 15 years.

Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer

The AreoShell Aerobatic Team has been performing for over Twenty-Five (25) years.  Amassing thousands of hours in front of air show fans. from all over North America.

This plane, nicknamed "The Pilot Maker" is the North American AT-6 (Advanced Trainer-6) Texan first appeared in 1938. Originally designed as a basic trainer for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC).  The Texan was the primary training platform for all U.S. Airmen in World War II.  

Basic Plane Specs:

Length is 29 ft., 6 inches
Wing Span 42 ft.
Max Speed 212 MPH

Mr. Gene McNeely, the owner is 72 years young, has been flying for the AeroShell Aerobatic team for 15 years. Prior to joining the team he was a "Crop-Duster flying in the Delta Region of Arkansas.

Gene periodically brings his plane for service to our Covington Aircraft Engine Co here in Okmulgee.  On Monday he was getting the plane serviced for an upcoming air show he will be participating in. 

Later this year Gene will be performing with his team at the Famous Oshkosh, Wisconsin Air-Show.

Air mechanics Mark Ernest and Josh McCall performed and oil change and tune-up for Gene's plane.

Okmulgee enjoyed a huge Firework’s display provided by the City of Okmulgee on July 4.  Many volunteers from the City along with some of their spouses, Lions Club members, Judge Ken Adair, Okmulgee Police and Fire and many sponsors pulled together to make the show a huge success.   

Work began setting up the display late Wednesday evening as several volunteers began the first stages of assembly.  Officer Marty Williams, Detective James Ables, Cory and Sarah Radebough, Judge Ken Adair, Fireworks Specialist Ken Anderson along with tag team Police Chief Joe Prentice and his wife Margaret were there at 9 p.m. to lay the groundwork.  This is the third year that Margaret Prentice has worked on the Firework’s display and she has been quite an asset according to Ken Anderson becoming very skilled with the schematics of setting the wiring into place.  Many other volunteers joined in the work as the evening went on.  

The event was the largest ever and included 1240 aerial shots that were electronically set to Patriotic music.  Before the show began at the Harmon Stadium, volunteers served attendees a good old Fourth of July specialty, hotdogs, chips and a soda.

Becky Adcock sang the National Anthem.  

Mayor Steven Baldridge welcomed guests and was very happy with the turnout and the quality of the show. He expressed his gratitude to the many volunteers and sponsors who made it possibly.

There was much chatter and many ooo’s and aaah’s as the audience filtered out of the stadium after the show.

4th of July in OKmulgee 2013 Slide Show

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 22:19

The show must go on and Okmulgee loved it!

The Drowsy Chaperone Musical performance in Okmulgee

Eric Gibson, the Director of LOOK, put on one of the most memorable shows at the Clell Warriner Theater on July 2. The audience was entertained with a good wholesome musical performed by some highly talented performers.  Miss Heather Harris (Trix, The Aviatrix), a former Miss Okmulgee County Pageant winner, was among the cast.

This musical was presented through the special arrangement of the Viersen Foundation and the Okmulgee Main Street program.

As many may know, the show was a replacement production from the original scheduled musical "Hello Dolly!", but the audience was not disappointed.  This superb musical show was both entertaining and memorable to see.

It begins when a die-hard musical theater fan (played by Eric Gibson LOOK Director) plays his favorite cast album, (yes, a 33 /3 LP Album,) The Drowsy Chaperone, on his turntable and the music literally bursts to life in his apartment.

Broadway starlet, Janet Van De Graaff (Alice Ward), who is trying to find and keep, her true love while surrounded by a host of buffoonish characters, including her champagne-guzzling chaperone (Andrea Leap).  

One of the crowd favorites was "Aldolpho, The Latin Lover" (Russell McCook), he played his part tremendously and the audience loved his funny quips.  

After the performance, premium ticket holders enjoyed a “Meet the Cast” reception held at the Citizens Security Bank Meeting Room.

It was a great funny musical production for Okmulgee, put on by LOOK and if you missed it, "You could have  been there!

Photos from the production by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer:

Joni Carender, Social Services/Activities; Shelley Hensley, Dietary Supervisor; and Bobby Howard, Health Department Nutrition and Fitness Coordinator.  Photo by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer


Rebold Manor is the recipient of a new handicapped gardening bed.  The handicap bed was designed and built by Gayan Hearath and the Engineering Technologies Division at OSUIT. The bed was originally built for the Okmulgee Community Garden but was later decided to go to Rebold Manor for the residents to use and enjoy.  

The Okmulgee Community Garden Committee (OCGC) is trying to make a difference in fruit and vegetable consumption in the community. OCGC is planning on getting several more handicap beds that will be placed on the parking lot next to the garden.

If anyone would like to reserve a handicap bed to grow vegetables in at the garden they can contact Bobby Howard at 918-756-1883x139 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

From left; front row: Barbara Grey, Marjorie Sanders, Cindy Howard. back row from left, Blanche Evans, Admissions/Marketing; Jennifer Ortega, Administrator; Shelley Hensley, Dietary Supervisor; and Joni Carender, Social Services/Activities.  Photo by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer

Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman is pictured with Debbie and Coy Green, while Trait Thompson is pictured at right.  Senate Chief of Staff Randy Dowell is pictured at left. 

After seeing recent media coverage of the discovery of long-lost light fixtures from the Senate chamber, a Norman man finally understood the significance of the large floor lamp he had been storing in his barn.  

Coy Green said he purchased the lamp at an Oklahoma City swap meet approximately 40 years ago for about $25.  When Green saw a picture of the Senate chamber in 1918, along with a story about the discovery, he knew he had something special.  On Tuesday, Green delivered the lamp to the state Senate.  

“When I saw the picture, I knew it was a Senate lamp,” Green said.  “We were very happy, and it’s good to be able to do this – it needs to be home.”

Last week, 11 of the 20 original wall sconces were discovered in long-forgotten attic space above the sixth floor of the Capitol.  The Senate is currently undertaking a restoration of a large conference room on the fifth floor, which had been divided into multiple offices decades ago.  

Photos provided by the Oklahoma Historical Society show approximately eight to ten floor lamps tracing the boundary of the Senate chamber shortly after its initial construction.  When fully assembled Tuesday, the bronze lamp measured approximately nine feet in height.  

Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman said the donation will give the Senate a chance to replicate one of the most unique features of the chamber in its original condition.

“This is an important piece of the Capitol’s history, and I’m pleased it has been donated to the Senate,” said Bingman, R-Sapulpa.  “Whenever we can restore part of our state Capitol to its original beauty, we can give Oklahomans another opportunity to connect with their unique history.”  

Trait Thompson, who serves as Vice Chair of the Capitol Preservation Commission, said the discovery of the lamp would greatly benefit efforts to restore the building.

“This is a wonderful find for not only the Senate but for the state Capitol,” he said. “It represents a piece of Oklahoma history that can be restored and returned to its rightful place.  We are very grateful to the Greens for their generosity in returning this piece to the Senate.”

Randy Dowell, Senate Chief of Staff, said it was his hope that the story would lead to the discovery and donation of additional pieces of Capitol history.  Dowell said anyone who believes they may have an original piece from the Senate Chamber, such as a lighting fixture or other decorative detail, should feel free to contact the state Senate at (405) 524-0126, and ask to speak with Dowell, Thompson, or Central Services Supervisor Roger Pirrong.


Photo taken at last years 4th of July Display - by Paul Orosco - ONN

Free Hot Dogs and a Free Fireworks Show!

The City of Okmulgee and a host of volunteers and sponsors will provide the biggest Firework's display yet for the people of Okmulgee and it will all be set to this great land's patriotic music choreographed to the firework's.

At 7:30 p.m. free hot dogs, chips and soda will be handed out to those that come early.  There will be 1200 hotdogs on the grill, and "...when they are gone - they are gone," said Okmulgee Mayor Steven Baldrige. "So don't miss out."  The free items will be handed out at two locations.  The Okmulgee Lions Club will be handing them out at Harmon Stadium and the CIty employees will be handing them out in the field behind First National Bank on 8th Street.

Paul Brown of KOKL will hold a live remote and be the Emcee for the evening along with Mayor Steven Baldridge.

"The show will be set up over the next couple days.  It will take many man hours to pull this off," stated Baldridge. "It's good tradition and the people of Okmulgee deserve this. It's going to be big."

Okmulgee's own Ken Anderson is the Firework's Specialist who guide the whole firework production.  The Firework display will begin at 9:30 p.m. on July 4 at Harmon Stadium and there will be seating in the First National Bank field as mentioned before, bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

Thanks goes out to these sponsors:

City of Okmulgee
Western Sun Federal Credit Union
First National Bank
Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
First Family Federal Credit Union
East Central Electric
Practical PC
Citizens Security Bank
Sonic Drive-in
Orscheln Farm and Home

Check out preparation at last years event.  Photos taken by Paul Orosco:


By Governor Mary Fallin

In Oklahoma, the aerospace industry holds potential for job growth and investment that can lift our state’s economy to even greater heights.  Aerospace already is big business in our state and we have a long and rich tradition as a leader in aviation.  More than 150,000 jobs are supported by more than 500 aerospace and defense-related companies, and those companies combine to create more than $12 billion in economic activity each year.
To support that growth, we are taking steps to develop a highly skilled, highly educated workforce capable of filling technically challenging jobs.  That’s why we’re emphasizing the importance of STEM - that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – at our high schools, colleges and career techs.
We’re also developing unique, one of a kind resources that will make Oklahoma the destination in the United States for one of aerospace’s newest, most promising sectors:  unmanned aerial vehicles for use by first responders in the wake of natural disasters.
To ensure we retain the aerospace jobs we already have, and to make sure we attract more, it’s important that Oklahoma has a strong presence at international hubs for business like the recent Paris Air Show, which is the world’s premier aerospace industry event, attracting more than 350,000 visitors and featuring more than 2,200 exhibitors representing 45 countries.
I was proud to lead the Oklahoma delegation to the air show.  Our entire state was well represented by companies like NORDAM and Spirit AeroSystems, both based in Tulsa, Enviro Systems Inc. of Seminole, Janeway Machine Inc. of Sapulpa, Choctaw Defense in McAlester, and Vertical Aerospace in Bristow.  We also met with major international aerospace companies doing business in Oklahoma like Boeing, GE Aviation, Rolls Royce, Sikorsky, and Raytheon.
The air show gave us the chance to showcase Oklahoma’s unique assets to a broad international audience of high-level aerospace executives.   Interacting with a global audience is important to the industry’s continued success.  In 2012, Oklahoma exports accounted for more than $6.6 billion, with aerospace-related products accounting for the largest segment of the exports.  Also in 2012, 13 internationally owned companies announced new and expanding investments in Oklahoma, and they are expected to add more than 1,550 jobs.
This year’s trip to the Paris Air Show already has resulted in the creation of new jobs for Oklahoma.  Ferra Engineering, a leading global aerospace supplier based in Australia, announced it was expanding into Grove.  That follows on the heels of 2012’s trip to the Farnborough International Air Show, where we announced Belgium-based ASCO was opening a $60 million facility in Stillwater that is expected to create at least 250 jobs.  Additionally, Sikorsky Aerospace Services has announced it will open the Sikorsky Training Academy in Altus later this fall.
As you can see, Oklahoma is serious about aerospace.   And that seriousness of purpose has translated into success in the industry.  Whether it’s military contractors or civilian airlines, traditional aircraft or UAV’s, Oklahoma is a leading destination for aerospace.

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Jeffery Dan Reed; Dob 09/02/1973; I/M; Hair Red; Eyes Brown,  CRM-1992-00318 FTA (Possession Of Alcohol By Person Under 21) Bond 500.00 - CM-2001-00187 FTA (Expired Drivers License) Bond 1,000.00


If you know the whereabouts of any of these individuals, please call the Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office at 918-756-4311



There has been a change in performance coming to Okmulgee this week.

The "Hello Dolly" live show set for tomorrow night has been changed to "The Drowsy Chaperone."  

Eric Gibson, Director of LOOK Theatre, contacted the Main Street office after inspecting the OMH stage and informed them that unfortunately, the props were too large for the stage which could be a safety issue if used.  

Eric assured the Main Street to let ticket holders know that the change of performance will be satisfying.  

LOOK has had great reviews on "The Drowsy Chaperone."  

The Main Street office would like to extend their apologies, but the decision was out of their control.  

"All in all, based on the reviews on the web, it looks like a good musical and
hopefully will make up for the last minute change of shows. We
apologize and hope that "the show will go on," Jim Martin Chamber Interim said.

The Drowsy Chaperone is the musical for those who hates musicals .

The show originated in Los Angeles and was so well received that it was
moved to Broadway.

It is a show within a show and begins with a man sitting in a chair listening
to a recording of an old musical. As he listens the musical comes to life in
his mind and the audience sees what he imagines.

The musical revolves around the upcoming marriage of an oil tycoon to a
Broadway star. They are surrounded by gangsters, a producer, an aviator,
and assorted characters including the star's alcoholic chaperone.

The gangsters and the producer do their best to stop the wedding but others
are in favor of it leading to various misidentifications.