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Friday, 21 June 2013 19:32

Water main burst on Okmulgee Street

Okmulgee City workers were called out to repair a water main that had burst on south Okmulgee Street.  The report was called in just before 5 p.m. on Friday evening June 21.  A crew quickly responded with a backhoe and dug up the line to find the leak and have the water restored at optimum pressure before the evening was up.

Thanks to our Okmulgee city workers for their speedy work!

The 39th Annual Creek Festival really got off to a great start.  On Thursday evening on the MCN lawn south of the Mound Building.

The Stomp Dance ceremony was the official opening of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival. The opening ceremony was engaged with visitors who come each year or new visitors that cmae for the educational experience and to take a glimpse of Creek culture brought from the ancestral homelands in what is now the southeastern region of the United States.  The evening was graced by the appearance of the Creek Nation Royalty; Miss and Jr. Miss Muskogee Creek Nation and Miss Indian Oklahoma as well as the Stomp Dance Princess.

Pictures from the evening:

 

Events are still running through June 22.  All events are free. Everyone is invited!

Coming up! June 21-22

Traditional Games Lawn west of the Mound Building, MCN Complex

This is not the origin of modern Indian gaming; however, there will probably be some betting.  Participants will compete in the traditional sports of the Muscogee people and surrounding tribes including a corn stalk shoot using hand-made bows and arrows while dressed in traditional clothing.  The events start on Thursday, June 20 on the lawn west of the Mound Building at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Complex with the bow shoot range open at noon.  This will give participants time to practice and socialize before the traditional corn stalk shoot on Saturday, June 22 at 3 p.m.  Take advantage of the opportunity to witness ancient sports in a modern day setting. View traditional skills demonstrations beginning on Friday, June 21 at 9 a.m.

Live Entertainment—Free Concerts

June 21 & 22

Claude Cox Omniplex Main Stage

The Muscogee (Creek) nation Festival Concerts are one of the most anticipated events of the year and this year’s entertainment is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  Entertainers from many different backgrounds and styles, including local and national acts, will grace the big stage over the course of two days providing electrifying performances for those in attendance.  All concerts will be performed on the main stage at the Claude Cox Omniplex Friday and Saturday.  Headlining acts will take the stage at 9:00 p.m. both nights.

Friday night headliner; Aaron Lewis (formerly of Staind).

Performance Time: 9:00pm

5k Walk/Run

*All events are FREE to attend! Participation costs vary.

June 22

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Complex

Everyone looking for a way to start living healthier can begin with the 2013 Festival 5k Walk/Run which will take place on Saturday, June 22 at Highway 75 and Loop 56 at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Complex.  Trophies will be awarded to Overall Male and Female.  Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each group.  Age groups competing in the event begin with 12 and under and progress to 70 and over.  This is an excellent opportunity to get the entire family active.  

Live Entertainment—Free Concerts

June 21 & 22

Claude Cox Omniplex Main Stage

The Muscogee (Creek) nation Festival Concerts are one of the most anticipated events of the year and this year’s entertainment is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  Entertainers from many different backgrounds and styles, including local and national acts, will grace the big stage over the course of two days providing electrifying performances for those in attendance.  All concerts will be performed on the main stage at the Claude Cox Omniplex Friday and Saturday.  Headlining acts will take the stage at 9:00 p.m. both nights.

Saturday night headliner; Smokey Robinson . (performance time 8:45pm)

Saturday night co-headliner; Natalie Cole . (performance time 7:00pm)

Fast Pitch Softball

June 21-23

Claude Cox Omniplex

Always an exciting event of the Festival is the Men and Women’s Fast Pitch Softball Tournament.  Teams from all over the country will compete.  This year’s action starts on Friday, June 21 at 6 p.m. at the Claude Cox Omniplex.  Saturday’s and Sunday’s games begin at 8:00 a.m.  One team, in each division, will walk away with the title of “2013 Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival Champions!”

Divisions include men and women.

The Community Development committee in Okmulgee are working to improve the physical appearance of the City of Okmulgee. They are proud of Okmulgee and would like to ensure it presents a positive image. Although they have made a lot of headway, thanks to the people of Okmulgee, they are in need of more of your assistance.

There are many ordinances in the city that people have failed to follow or have just not known about. Listed below are a few of these ordinances. With your help and compliance with these ordinances, as well as all others, Okmulgee can move forward and assist in the preservation of its great city for future generations.

Community Development Department

15.28.010- All Houses are Required to be Numbered

All houses and business buildings located within the city limits of Okmulgee shall be numbered with numbers that are clearly visible from the street.

8.64.010- Polycart & Refuse

It shall be the responsibility of the consumer to place the polycart at the curb on the day and time designated for pick-up, and to REMOVE the container from the curbside after pick-up on the SAME DAY. You must keep Polycart in a clean, sanitary condition.

6.08.040- Keeping Livestock or Fowl Within City Limits Prohibited

No horses, donkeys, mules sheep, goats swine, chickens, geese, ducks, guineas, turkeys, or other livestock or fowl shall be kept within the city limits unless your property can conform to all agricultural zoning requirements AND you have at least 1 acre for every horse, cow, or goat being kept on property.

10.94.020- Storing, Parking, or Leaving Inoperable Motor Vehicles or Trailers on Private Property Prohibited and Declared Nuisance

No person shall park, store, leave or permit the parking, storing or leaving of any wrecked or inoperable motor vehicle or inoperable trailer of any kind, whether attended or not, upon any private property within the city unless in a garage, behind a sight proof fence, in a building, or behind house and covered out of public view.

12.16.010- Trees, Shrubs, Grass, Maintained in Alley Abutting Property

The owner, lessee, resident and/or occupant of any property shall maintain the property to the centerline of the alley abutting their property. It shall be clear of all shrubs, weeds and/or grass, trees, and foliage. At no time shall the right of way passage be blocked, delayed, hindered, or obstructed. Ditches adjacent to roadways are required to be maintained by adjacent property owners as well.

8.20.080- Open Sewer

“Every plumbing stack, vent, waste, and sewer line shall function properly and at all times be kept free from obstructions, leaks, and defects.” Do not allow Sewer to run out on the ground.

Temporary Signs

“No person shall place, erect, affix or in any manner display signs within the governmentally owned rights of way and easements for streets and utilities. No person shall attach a sign to any structure which is publicly owned or owned by a franchised utility.”

Dilapidated Structures

A lack of property maintenance on vacant structures may lead to deterioration, therefore causing the structure to become dilapidated. Dilapidated structures are subject to removal by city order to protect the safety and welfare of the public.

Fireworks Permits

You may apply to purchase a fireworks display permit or a permit to sell beginning June 3, 2013 and no later than July 3, 2013 @ 4:00 p.m. Applications may be picked up at City Hall in the Community Development Department. Notice: Any who receive a Weed or Trash letter are required to correct deficiencies and continue to maintain property. Property may be abated without further notice for the following 6-month period. If there are any questions about the information listed here, please contact Code Enforcement-918-758-1110.

Thursday, 20 June 2013 07:52

39th Annual Creek Festival opens today

The Creek Festival opens today

The 39 Annual Creek Festival opens June 20 and will run through June 22.  All events are free. Everyone is invited!

These are the events you can expect. 

Stomp Dance

Lawn south of the Mound Building, MCN Complex, Hwy 75 & N. Loop 56

A Stomp Dance ceremony is the official opening of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival. The opening ceremony promises visitors an educational experience and a glimpse of Creek culture brought from the ancestral homelands in what is now the southeastern region of the United States. All are welcome to join in the dance and fellowship. The opening ceremony begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 20, on the lawn south of the Mound Building at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Complex.  

Traditional Games

June 20-22

Traditional Games Lawn west of the Mound Building, MCN Complex

This is not the origin of modern Indian gaming; however, there will probably be some betting.  Participants will compete in the traditional sports of the Muscogee people and surrounding tribes including a corn stalk shoot using hand-made bows and arrows while dressed in traditional clothing.  The events start on Thursday, June 20 on the lawn west of the Mound Building at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Complex with the bow shoot range open at noon.  This will give participants time to practice and socialize before the traditional corn stalk shoot on Saturday, June 22 at 3 p.m.  Take advantage of the opportunity to witness ancient sports in a modern day setting. View traditional skills demonstrations beginning on Friday, June 21 at 9 a.m.

Live Entertainment—Free Concerts

June 21 & 22

Claude Cox Omniplex Main Stage

The Muscogee (Creek) nation Festival Concerts are one of the most anticipated events of the year and this year’s entertainment is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  Entertainers from many different backgrounds and styles, including local and national acts, will grace the big stage over the course of two days providing electrifying performances for those in attendance.  All concerts will be performed on the main stage at the Claude Cox Omniplex Friday and Saturday.  Headlining acts will take the stage at 9:00 p.m. both nights.

Friday night headliner; Aaron Lewis (formerly of Staind).

Performance Time: 9:00pm

5k Walk/Run

*All events are FREE to attend! Participation costs vary.

June 22

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Complex

Everyone looking for a way to start living healthier can begin with the 2013 Festival 5k Walk/Run which will take place on Saturday, June 22 at Highway 75 and Loop 56 at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Complex.  Trophies will be awarded to Overall Male and Female.  Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each group.  Age groups competing in the event begin with 12 and under and progress to 70 and over.  This is an excellent opportunity to get the entire family active.

Live Entertainment—Free Concerts

June 21 & 22

Claude Cox Omniplex Main Stage

The Muscogee (Creek) nation Festival Concerts are one of the most anticipated events of the year and this year’s entertainment is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  Entertainers from many different backgrounds and styles, including local and national acts, will grace the big stage over the course of two days providing electrifying performances for those in attendance.  All concerts will be performed on the main stage at the Claude Cox Omniplex Friday and Saturday.  Headlining acts will take the stage at 9:00 p.m. both nights.

Saturday night headliner; Smokey Robinson . (performance time 8:45pm)

Saturday night co-headliner; Natalie Cole . (performance time 7:00pm)

Fast Pitch Softball

June 21-23

Claude Cox Omniplex

Always an exciting event of the Festival is the Men and Women’s Fast Pitch Softball Tournament.  Teams from all over the country will compete.  This year’s action starts on Friday, June 21 at 6 p.m. at the Claude Cox Omniplex.  Saturday’s and Sunday’s games begin at 8:00 a.m.  One team, in each division, will walk away with the title of “2013 Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival Champions!”

Divisions include men and women.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 14:53

Balloon artist shows how "Reading is Fun!"

Dustin The Twisted Balloon Guy entertained and made reading fun for the 60 plus youngsters in the audience at the Okmulgee Public Library's summer reading program.

His magical words of "Reading is Fun, was repeated by the youngsters and who had fun in the process. The children enjoyed an excellent presentation targeting young people.  

Be sure to sign you child up for next the next show. Contact the Okmulgee Public Library at 918-765-1448 or visit the library for more information.

Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer


Tuesday, 18 June 2013 20:54

Youth on a mission in Okmulgee

The Central Texas Conference Youth in Mission (CTCYM) are now on their "mission" in Okmulgee Oklahoma. 

CTCYM brings more than 2,500 youth and adults together to put Christian faith into action by repairing and rebuilding homes and small facilities weathered by age, poverty or natural disaster.

Several youth and adults are repairing and remodeling 18 homes that were chosen from Okmulgee this month.  They are working on multiple homes at once and are making fast progress.

This church group identifies a geographical area of need to rebuild, a theme for the week to focus both the work and worship, and the steps to achieve both. Then, for two separate weeks, youth groups from across the Conference blend together to become CTCYM Living Centers and partners in mission. Each Center is led by a well-trained, all-volunteer staff dedicated team of participants.  The youth must strategize to raise all the funds for materials and traveling expenses to make it all happen.

"My favorite part is the first night when you get to know who is on your team.  Like this trip and I only knew 2 people.  But by the second or third day we begin to bond and soon we feel like we have known each other our whole lives," said Garret Odom who also stated that the number one thing that he takes from this experience is that "it allows him to be spiritually set aside to focus on the one mission at hand, he isn't distracted by twitter, Facebook, or the disruption of everyday life allowing him to Serve God and his people.


(L-R) Tom Partridge, Kerry Howard, Katie Mitchell, Garret Odom, Seirra O'Leary, Lauren Smith, Reylie Noe,  and Jason Fletcher in front.

(L-R)  Michelle Freeman Center Director, Martie Borogh, Bernard Ventner, Reid Matyastik, Debbie Shuping, Clayton Miller, Nicole Wilderson, Katrina Bingham, Zach Alloy, Adam Horstman, Katie Thompson, Maryland Sharp Home Owner, Holli Marshall, Stuart Milner, (Front Row) Kayla Armstron, Kristin Warthen, Matt Banister, Kyle Lewis

 

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 18:02

Okmulgee Lions install three new members

Story by Pat Higgins

Okmulgee Lions Club installed three new members on June 18.  The installation ceremony was conducted by Dean Craig.  

Craig reminded new and old members of the importance of Lionism.  The goal for Lions Clubs all over the world is to serve.  The Lion's main service is sight conservation by providing eyeglasses and cornea transplants to those who could not otherwise afford them.  The eye bank of Oklahoma is supported by all the Oklahoma Lions.  

New Members are Donna Thomas sponsored by Ken Bridgman, RC Morrow sponsored by Beth Flud.  Standing in for Beth was Dan Anderson.  Michael Keaton, sponsored by Dean Craig, helping out is Raymond Kennedy.  

The Okmulgee Lions are very proud to have these new members in their club.  

Photos by Broc Rice - ONN

 

(L-R) Benny Stephenson and Tim Wouters, of the VFW ready to sell some Fireworks.

The Okmulgee VFW opened their Firework's stand on July 5th and will be open each day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until it gets closer to the 4th of July.  Then some days will be open much later.

The Firework's stand is located at 1427 N Okmulgee Ave, Okmulgee by the Local VFW Lodge.  

The VFW is also having a Blood Drive through the Red Cross on the 3rd of July. Anyone who donates will receive 10% off their fireworks, that day only.

A drawing will be held for the following:

1st Prize +100.00 Family pack
2nd Place + 70.00 Pack
3rd place - 25.00 gift Certificate

Tickets for a chance to win are $1 each or 6 for $5.

Drawing will be at 9:00 p.m. on July 3rd and you DO NOT have to be present to win!

There will be Karaoke the night of the drawing.

Balloon Artist DustinOn Wednesday June 19, Dustin the Twisted Balloon Guy will be entertaining the children at the Okmulgee Public Libraries Summer Reading Program.  

All children ages 5-12 are welcome to attend.  Children must sign up each week.

Dustin has been entertaining the masses since 1995 and has loved every minute of it.  His passion for preforming started with magic and continues into some of the most amazing balloon sculptures you have ever seen.

For more information call 918-756-1448 or visit the library at  218 S. Okmulgee. June 26 the library will have Ventriloquist cowboy Don and Friends at the library, come join in the fun!

The Summer Reading Program is supported in part by Sonic Drive In, Taco Mayo, and Taco Bell.

Thursday, 13 June 2013 13:58

Mini boats and bass tourneys take over...

The Oklahoma Bass Anglers Tube and Mini Boat Association requires anglers to fish from boats that are 12 feet or smaller, but don't try to tell the anglers that they're at a disadvantage. They're having a whole lot of fun.      

The "Outdoor Oklahoma" TV crew will follow the club on the tournament trail to Bell Cow Lake near Chandler. The episode will air April 28 at 8 a.m. on OETA. "Outdoor Oklahoma" is the official television show of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Todd Renfro, club president, says the tournaments are set up like a typical fishing club.      

"We launch from a designated site and fish for 8 hours then meet back up for the weigh in," Renfro said. "You just have to fish from a mini boat or tube."      

The club has 10 to 12 tournaments every year in Oklahoma, ranging from small lakes in the northern part of the state to large lakes in the south, such as Lake Texoma. Renfro says the club has about 20 members, with three original members that started competing when the club was founded in 1981.      

Billy Coats, a club member in Norman, says the mini boats have their advantages.      

"You can go a lot of places big boats can't go," Coats said. "You have a tenth of the money tied up compared to a big boat club, and you have just as much fun."      

Renfro says the boats that qualify for the tournaments typically cost less than $1,000 and the tournament entry fees cost $30 to $35 with $5 from each entry going to the big bass pot.     

"For years we relied on word of mouth to contact new members, and now we have our own website," Renfro said. "I can get on there and update standings after each tournament, upload pictures and post important information about upcoming tournaments."      

For more information about the Oklahoma Bass Anglers Tube and Mini Boat Association, visit its website at www.okminiboattube.com or email Todd Renfro at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..      

"Outdoor Oklahoma" TV will be airing two more premiere episodes at 8 a.m. May 5 and 12  on OETA.