Okmulgee in the News
Twin Hills Baptist Church invites you to attend Vacation Bible School June 25th-June 30th from 6:00pm-8:30pm! There will be classes for 3 year olds through 6th graders!
There will be a Kick-off Event Saturday, June 24th, at 3:00 pm.
They will have hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, sno cones, games, and music! You will also be able to pre-register for VBS during our kick-off event. Please bring your kids to learn more about how much God loves each and every one of us!
By Wesley Coburn - ONN
There’s something going on in Okmulgee every week or two recently, according to Mayor Steve Baldridge. Following right on the heels of the Pecan Festival and the upcoming Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival, the City of Okmulgee is putting on their seventh annual Fourth of July Celebration on Tuesday, July 4, in Municipal Park, located by the YMCA.
The free celebration opens at 7 p.m. while the fireworks show, synchronized to music under the supervision and orchestration of certified pyrotechnician Ken Anderson, will begin around 9:30 p.m.
Besides the actual fireworks show itself, other attractions will be live music, a water slide, bounce houses, face painting, sand art, a petting zoo and a circus train. “It’s just a great event for the community, and it’s all free,” Mayor Baldridge said. “Hopefully the weather will cooperate.”
Hot dogs, popcorn and snow cones will be provided, and there will be an available shuttle service from the Wal-Mart parking lot.
Last year an estimated crowd of 2,000 attended the event, “and that’s not counting everyone who watched it from their yards,” Baldridge added, estimating around 1,500 hot dogs were given away.
“It’s just gotten better and better over the years, and the community’s been really great to support it.”
To quote the late Yogi Berra, "it's almost like deja vu all over again", because that's what happened to Tuesday's Lions Club program--another late cancellation. The only difference this time, we did not have another program waiting in the wings. However, it afforded President Morrow the opportunity to recap the Lions' activities at last week-end's Pecan Festival
The Great American Turtle Race was a roaring success, led by Lions Rusty Milroy and Beth Flud, in awarding a total of $200 in cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners in the boys division and the girls division.
The Oklahoma Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit was open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We screened 85 adults and 58 children for the spot vision camera, with only three "failures" for the children. Our saving grace was that the OSUIT Nursing program furnished seven faculty/student nurses on both days. President Morrow told the club that we have contracted for the Health Screening Unit and the spot vision camera to be available for the projected air show in Okmulgee on September 30, and the OSUIT faculty/student nurses have again pledged their support.
The tent is already up on Highway 75 north of the Loop in front of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Housing Building for our fireworks stand. It is 60' X 40' so you can't miss it. We plan to open for business on June 24 and we encourage you to buy your fireworks from the Lions because ALL of our proceeds are returned to the community. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, so we ask for your support. And everybody gets the "family discount". "WE SERVE".
(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig).
July Schedule of Meetings
4 NO MEETING
10 Board Meeting Noon 1st Nat'l. Bank
11 Beth Rengel Former News Reporter/Author
Program Chair Heather Sumner
18 Colleen Fowler Lions Meadows of Hope
Program Chair R.C. Morrow
25 Clay Patterson N.E.O. Head Football Coach
Program Chair Beth Flud
The Pecan Festival Great American Turtle Race, sponsored by the Okmulgee Lions Club and led by Lions Beth Flud and Rusty Milroy, is history. While the Turtle Race and Belmont Stakes were both held on the same Saturday, I'm sure the kids whose turtles won first, second, or third place prize money are just as happy as the horse owners whose horse finished first, second, or third for them. First place turtles won $50, second place won $35, and third place won $15 for each of the boys division and the girls division. I don't know how they determined which turtle would be in which race, but I guess it was determined by an old colloquialism--"ya' dance with the one who brung ya'".
Winners in the boys division: 1st place--London Bruner, 2nd place--Kason Carter, and 3rd place--Markel Holloway.
Winners in the girls division: 1st place--Ciara Reagan, 2nd place--Mallory Karbowski, and 3rd place--Kimber Collins.
The winning turtles were spirited away before I could get their names and the location where they were released remains a secret, so you'll have to find your own turtle for next year's race. Doesn't kids make life fun? "WE SERVE".
(Photos and information provided by Mr. Tur-Tell).
Friday nurses. Pictured: Sitting, Kathryn Bible (faculty) and Mary Brown (student). Standing, left to right: Summer Williams (student), Marion McGeehee (faculty), Michael Hunter (student), Robin Motley (faculty), and Shawnna Wilhite (faculty). Missing from the picture but also in attendance was Jana Martin, Head of the Nursing Department.
OSUIT nursing students and faculty spent their day Friday and Saturday assisting the Okmulgee Lions Club manning the Oklahoma Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit during the Pecan Festival. They rolled up their sleeves and were eager and ready to go to work at the various stations to check for: visual acuity, glaucoma, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, basic pulmonary (lung) function, bone density, and body fat composition. In addition, the Lions manned the spot vision camera (target age 6 months to six years) to check for: myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (blurred vision), anisometropia (unequal refractive power), amblyopia (lazy eye), and anisocoria (unequal pupil size).
The Okmulgee Lions Club owes a deep debt of gratitude to these faculty and student nurses from OSUIT. We absolutely could not have had as much success without them, period. They all were such a delight to be around, even in a busy work environment and crowded quarters. Another feather in the cap for OSUIT--you certainly know how to pick the best students, only to be surpassed by the nursing faculty. A "GREAT BIG LIONS' ROAR" to you all. And the best part, it was all FREE, compliments of your local Lions Club.
Another great big Lion's roar goes out to our leader, President Lion R.C. Morrow, for coordinating the scheduling of the Oklahoma Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit and all the nurses through OSUIT. Not to be left out, the Lions who spent hours assisting: Ron Martin, Jim Vaughn, Dan Anderson, Beth Flud, Sandy Patterson (Morris Lions Club), Dr. Tom Alexander, David Fetgatter, Raymond Kennedy, Dean Craig, James Thompson, Gary Volz, Jim McClendon, Rusty Milroy, Leroy Parker, Marianne Payne, and of course R.C. Morrow, who spent most of both days at the Unit (along with several of the aforementioned). "WE SERVE".
(Photos and information provided by Dean Craig)
Saturday nurses, left to right: Shannon Craft (student), Jamie Diggins (faculty), Heather Hasenmyer (volunteer), Rachel Bracken (RN), Jodi Campbell (faculty), and Chris Martin (faculty).
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.
By Wesley Coburn - ONN
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.
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.
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.
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.